Oscars cliffhanger: Will all eight Best Picture nominees win at least one award each?

One of our most prolific posters in the forums — Tyler the Awesome Guyposes this provocative question: “Could this be the first year since they expanded the field in 2009 where every nominee in Best Picture will win an award?”

Our current odds say it could happen. Of the eight Best Picture contenders, seven are ahead in at least one race apiece while the box office smash “American Sniper” is closing in on “Whiplash” for Best Sound Mixing. 

Our Experts are predicting “Boyhood” will win four Academy Awards in all: Best Picture, Best Director (Richard Linklater), Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette) and Editing;

The Grand Budapest Hotel” is tipped to take three races: Original Screenplay, Costume Design and Production Design;

The Theory of Everything” is ahead for Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne) and Score;

Whiplash” should net Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons) and Sound Mixing;

Birdman” will claim Cinematography;

The Imitation Game” is forecast to win Adapted Screenplay; and 

Selma” sounds good for Song.

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Let’s take a look back at each year since 2009 to see how those nominees fared.

2009 – 10 Best Picture nominees
“The Hurt Locker”: won six of nine nominations
Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing 

“Avatar”: won three of nine nominations
Art Direction, Cinematography, Visual Effects

“Inglorious Basterds: won one of eight nominations
Supporting Actor

“Precious”: won two of six nominations
Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay

“The Blind Side”: won one of two nominations
Best Actress 

“Up”: won two of five nominations
Animated Feature, Score

Four of the 10 Best Picture nominees were shut-out: 

“Up in the Air”: zero of six nominations

“District 9”: zero of four nominations

“An Education”: zero of three nominations

“A Serious Man”: zero of two nominations
 

2010 – 10 Best Picture nominees
“The King’s Speech”: won four of 12 nominations
Picture, Director, Actor, Original Screenplay

“Inception”: won four of eight nominations
Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects

“The Social Network”: won three of eight nominations
Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Score

“The Fighter”: won two of seven nominations
Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress

“Toy Story 3”: won two of five nominations
Animated Feature, Song

“Black Swan”: won one of five nominations
Actress

Four of the 10 Best Picture nominees were shut-out: 

“True Grit”: zero of 10 nominations

“127 Hours”: zero of six nominations

“The Kids Are All Right”: zero of four nominations

“Winter’s Bone”: zero of four nominations

UPDATED: Experts’ Oscars predictions in all 24 categories

2011 – nine Best Picture nominees
“Hugo”: won five of 11 nominations
Art Direction, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects

“The Artist”: won five of 10 nominations
Picture, Director, Actor, Costume Design, Score

“The Descendants”: won one of five nominations
Adapted Screenplay

“The Help”: won one of four nominations
Supporting Actress 

“Midnight in Paris”: won one of four nominations
Original Screenplay

Four of the 10 Best Picture nominees were shut-out: 

“Moneyball”: zero of six nominations

“War Horse”: zero of six nominations

The Tree of Life”: zero of three nominations

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”: zero of two nominations

 

2012 – nine Best Picture nominees
“Lincoln”: won two of 12 nominations
Actor, Production Design

“Life of Pi”: won four of 11 nominations
Director, Cinematography, Score, Visual Effects

“Les Miserables”: won three of eight nominations
Supporting Actress, Makeup & Hairstyling, Sound Mixing

“Silver Linings Playbook”: won one of eight nominations
Actress

“Argo: won three of seven nominations
Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing 

“Django Unchained”: won two of five nominations
Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay 

“Amour”: won one of five nominations
Foreign-Language Feature 

“Zero Dark Thirty”: won one of five nominations
Sound Editing (tied with “Skyfall”)

One of the nine Best Picture nominees was shut-out: 

“Beasts of the Southern Wild”: zero of four nominations

See latest Oscar rankings when Experts’ predictions are combined

2013 – nine Best Picture nominees
“Gravity”: won seven of 10 nominations
Director, Cinematography, Film Editing, Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects

“12 Years a Slave: won three of nine nominations
Picture, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay

“Dallas Buyers Club”: won three of six nominations
Actor, Supporting Actor, Makeup & Hairstyling

“Her”: won one of five nominations
Original Screenplay

Five of the nine Best Picture nominees were shut-out: 

“American Hustle”: zero of 10 nominations

“Captain Phillips”: zero of six nominations

“Nebraska”: zero of six nominations

“The Wolf of Wall Street”: zero of five nominations

“Philomena”: zero of four nominations

8 thoughts on “Oscars cliffhanger: Will all eight Best Picture nominees win at least one award each?

  1. I noticed the trend that since the expansion, Cinematography and Visual Effects have gone to the same film, but this year there’s zero chance for that to happen, which I think is why Birdman has the edge. Also, they say that without the Editing nomination Birdman has it more difficult to win but Argo managed to win without the Director nomination, which is even weirder. So, there’s that

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