By The Numbers: The 2016 Oscar Nominations

By The Numbers: The 2016 Oscar Nominations

It’s a big day in the film world, with this morning’s announcement of the 88th Academy Awards nominations. The shocks and surprises have been reverberating all day, but we always say that you don’t know how the nominations have really turned out without some cold, hard stats.

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As we’ve done every year for awhile, we’ve broken this morning’s nods down to the numbers, from nominations records broken to the box office of the movies involved. Dig in below, and let us know your favorite Oscar facts in the comments.

12 – Most nominations this year: “The Revenant.” It’s the most any movie has received since “Lincoln” got the same number three years ago. “Mad Max: Fury Road” got 10, while “The Martian” had seven.

3 – Fewest nominations for a Best Picture nominee: “Brooklyn.” The film also received nods for Saoirse Ronan in Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. 

6 – Most nominations for a movie without a Best Picture nomination: “Carol.” It’s actually the most nominations a movie has received without hitting the top prize since the Academy expanded to more than five Best Picture Nominees (“The Dark Knight” was the last to get more, with 8, while the all-time record-holder as such is “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They,” which was nominated for 9 Oscars without a Best Picture nod).

0 – Number of triple Oscar nominees this year (last year there were three: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater).

7 – Number of double nominees this year: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, for directing and producing “The Revenant”; George Miller, for directing and producing “Mad Max: Fury Road”; Tom McCarthy for writing and directing “Spotlight”; Pete Docter, for writing and directing Best Animated Feature nominee “Inside Out”; Adam McKay, for writing and directing “The Big Short”; Sandy Powell, costume designer on both “Carol” and “Cinderella”; and Andy Nelson, a Sound Mixing nominee for both “Bridge Of Spies” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” 

2 – Actors who earned nominations both this year and last year: Eddie Redmayne, who follows his Best Actor win for “The Theory Of Everything” with a nod for “The Danish Girl,” and Mark Ruffalo nominated last year for “Foxcatcher” and this year for “Spotlight.”

5 – Number of movies with two acting nominations: “The Revenant,” “Steve Jobs,” “The Danish Girl,” “Carol,” and “Spotlight.” No movie managed three, which “Birdman” got last year, or four which “American Hustle” did the year before.

20 – Nominations earned by 20th Century Fox, the most for any studio (12 for “The Revenant,” 7 for “The Martian” and 1 for “Joy”). Subsidiary Fox Searchlight earned a further four (3 for “Brooklyn,” 1 for “Youth”), though that’s a big drop from last year, where they took 20 on their own thanks to “Birdman,” “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Wild.” Disney came second in the studio ranking with 15, spread across “Bridge Of Spies,” “Star Wars,” “Inside Out” and “Cinderella,” while Warner Bros came third with eleven, ten from “Mad Max” and one from “Creed.”

7 and 6 – Nominations scored by A24 and Open Road Films, which both had their first Best Picture nominees this year. A24 got four for “Room,” 2 for “Ex Machina” and 1 for “Amy” —the studio’s first ever nominations— while Open Road took six for “Spotlight.” 

2007 – The last calendar year where The Weinstein Company failed to win a Best Picture nomination. The company got nine nominations this year in total.

4 – Nominations for Universal, who had a record-breaking box-office year: two for “Steve Jobs,” one for “Straight Outta Compton” and one for “Fifty Shades Of Grey.”

1 – Nominations for Sony this year, for the Sam Smith‘s song from “Spectre” (previous Bond movie “Skyfall” won five nominations). Sony Pictures Classics took one further nomination for “Son Of Saul.”

2 – Nominations for streaming giant Netflix: though “Beasts Of No Nation” failed to pick up a nod, the streaming giant took two documentary slots, for “What Happened Miss Simone” and “Winter On Fire.”

4 – Number of first-time directing nominees —all but Inarritu, last year’s winner, are first-timers in the category. In fact, only George Miller has been Oscar-nominated before: he won for Animated Feature “Happy Feet,” and was nominated for writing “Lorenzo’s Oil” and “Babe,” and for producing the latter.

8 – Number of first-time acting nominees: Bryan Cranston, Brie Larson, Charlotte Rampling, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rachel McAdams and Alicia Vikander.

6 – Number of acting nominees who’ve already won an Oscar; Matt Damon, Eddie Redmayne, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale and Kate Winslet.

1 – Number of Grammys Bryan Cranston would have to win to hit EGOT status if he wins an Oscar: he already has an Emmy and a Tony.

1 – Number of Tonys Kate Winslet needs to win to hit EGOT status —she already has an Emmy, a Grammy and an Oscar.

7 – Number of nominations that Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett both have, the most of any nominees this year. Leonardo DiCaprio has the most of the actors with six, and also the most without winning. Despite not getting an acting nomination, Brad Pitt also picked up his sixth nomination this year for producing “The Big Short.”

69 – The age of the oldest female acting nominee, Charlotte Rampling.

21 – The age of the youngest female acting nominee, Saoirse Ronan. This is her second nomination: she earned her first aged thirteen, for “Atonement.

69 – The age of the oldest male acting nominee, Sylvester Stallone. He was also nominated for the same role, Rocky Balboa, 39 years ago, and has had no nominations in between.

34 – Age of the youngest male acting nominee, Eddie Redmayne.

4 – Female acting nominees under thirty – Brie Larson, Jennifer Lawrence, Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander.

0 – Male acting nominees under thirty.

4 – Female acting nominees over 40 (Cate Blanchett, Charlotte Rampling, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Charlotte Rampling).

7 – Male acting nominees over 40 (Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Mark Ruffalo, Mark Rylance and Sylvester Stallone).

10 – Number of acting nominees who are not American: Michael Fassbender is Irish/German, Cate Blanchett is Australian, Saoirse Ronan is Irish, Eddie Redmayne, Charlotte Rampling, Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Kate Winslet and Mark Rylance are all British and Alicia Vikander is Swedish.

0 – Number of acting nominees who are anything other than white.

5 – Actors before Sylvester Stallone nominated for playing the same role in two different movies. They are Bing Crosby for “Going My Way” and “The Bells Of St. Mary’s,” Paul Newman for “The Hustler” and “The Color Of Money,” Peter O’Toole for “Beckett” and “The Lion In Winter,” Al Pacino for “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II,” and Cate Blanchett for “Elizabeth” and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age.” Stallone’s is by far the biggest gap in time between nominations.

13 – Largest number of nominations without winning. That’s Roger Deakins, making it a baker’s dozen for “Sicario,” and Thomas Newman, doing the same for “Bridge Of Spies.”

128 – Number of total nominations for Steven Spielberg films after “Bridge Of Spies.” That’s the most of any director ever, beating William Wyler, who had 127.

$608 million – Estimated total budgets of the five Visual Effects nominees this year —“Ex Machina, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

2.4% – Percentage of that total taken up by “Ex Machina,” which cost $15 million to make.

39 and a half – Number of times you could make “Ex Machina” for the price of the other movies.

$2.725 billion – Box office return of 39 and a half “Ex Machina”s.

$2.823 billion – Box office total of the other four nominees (to date).

98 – Rotten Tomatoes score for “Brooklyn,” the highest of the Best Picture nominees (“Fury Road,” “Room” and “Spotlight” are just behind with 97).

81 – Rotten Tomatoes score for “The Revenant,” the lowest of the Best Picture nominees (“The Big Short” is right behind, with 88).

93 – Metacritic score for “Spotlight,” the highest of the Best Picture nominees (“Fury Road is second with 89).

77 – Metacritic score for “The Revenant,” the lowest of the Best Picture nominees (“Bridge Of Spies” and “The Big Short” are next, with 81).

7 – Number of Best Picture nominees that premiered at festivals. “Brooklyn” was at Sundance, “Fury Road at Cannes, “Spotlight” at Venice, “Room at Telluride, “The Martian” at TIFF, “Bridge Of Spies” at New York Film Festival, “The Big Short” at AFI Fest, leaving “The Revenant” as the only one to bypass festivals.

3 – Number of Best Picture nominees that went into wide release on the first weekend: “The Martian,” “Bridge Of Spies” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Last year, all eight nominees debuted in limited release.

$597 million – Domestic total box-office of all the Best Picture nominees at the time of this writing. That’s nearly triple last year’s total at this point in time of $201 million (which was then bolstered heavily by “American Sniper”).

$1.322 billion – Worldwide total box-office of the eight Best Picture nominees at the time of this writing. That’s more than three times last year’s total of $418 million, and more still than the 2013 total of $1.281 billion.

$597 million – Worldwide total to date of the highest-grossing Best Picture nominee, “The Martian.” “Fury Road” is in second place with $375 million.

$5 million – Worldwide total of “Room,” the lowest-grossing box office nominee of this year’s batch (which in fairness hasn’t played in much of the rest of the world yet). “Amour” was the last movie that took less when it was nominated, with $1.2 million (it ended up near $7 million).

$74.625 million – Domestic average box-office of the Best Picture nominees.

$165 million – Worldwide average box-office of the eight Best Picture nominees.

$118,650 – Highest screen average recorded by one of this year’s Best Picture nominees, earned by The Revenant.” “The Big Short” is in second place, with $88,191.

22 – Most total nominations for an actor across their films. Tied between Tom Hardy (between “The Revenant” and “Fury Road”) and Domhnall Gleeson (whose four movies in 2015 —“Star Wars,” “Brooklyn,” “The Revenant” and “Ex Machina,” all received multiple nods). Unlike Hardy, Gleeson wasn’t nominated. They’re also the only two actors this year to appear in two Best Picture nominated films.

9 – Acting nominations picked up by the Best Picture nominees. The rest were split between “Trumbo,” “Steve Jobs,” “The Danish Girl,“ “Carol,” “Joy,” “45 Years,” “Creed” and “The Hateful Eight.” Last year it was eleven.

53 – Number of nominations, out of 86 that they were eligible for, picked up by the eight Best Picture nominees. Last year, it was just 49.

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Tom McCarthy was nominated for original screenplay for Up, actually, so technically only two nominated directors (Abrahamson and McKay) are neophyte nominees.

András Bajtai

Great and informative article with a lot of interesting stuff and numbers, but the movie "Beckett" is spelled "Becket" proper.

Sven De Schutter

4 actresses under 40, but you mention Rampling twice.


I just realized this morning that all 4 of Domhnall Gleeson’s films this year were nominated in some form or another. That man can really pick ’em!


Rachel McAdams is Canadian, which I believe is not yet part of the US.

jayesh thawrani

Most Interesting stat:

0 – Number of acting nominees who are anything other than white.

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