Oscars trivia: How many times this century have Best Picture winners also taken home acting awards?

When predicting the Oscars, the prevailing wisdom among pundits is that the Best Picture winner also has a strong chance of taking home an acting award. Think of such iconic pairings as Marlon Brando/”The Godfather” in 1972 and Diane Keaton/”Annie Hall” in 1977. But does this mantra still hold true today?

Let’s take a look back at all of the Best Picture Oscar winners since the turn of the century to determine how many of their actors or actresses went along for the ride. You may be surprised by the final results.

Moonlight” (2016)
Won Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali
Lost Best Supporting Actress for Naomie Harris

Spotlight” (2015)
Lost Best Supporting Actor for Mark Ruffalo
Lost Best Supporting Actress for Rachel McAdams

“Birdman” (2014)
Lost Best Actor for Michael Keaton
Lost Best Supporting Actor for Edward Norton
Lost Best Supporting Actress for Emma Stone

“12 Years a Slave” (2013)
Won Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o
Lost Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor
Lost Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender

“Argo” (2012)
Lost Best Supporting Actor for Alan Arkin

“The Artist” (2011)
Won Best Actor for Jean Dujardin
Lost Best Supporting Actress for Berenice Bejo

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“The King’s Speech” (2010)
Won Best Actor for Colin Firth
Lost Best Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush
Lost Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter

“The Hurt Locker” (2009)
Lost Best Actor for Jeremy Renner

“Slumdog Millionaire” (2008)
No acting nominations

“No Country for Old Men” (2007)
Won Best Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem

“The Departed” (2006)
Lost Best Supporting Actor for Mark Wahlberg

“Crash” (2005)
Lost Best Supporting Actor for Matt Dillon

“Million Dollar Baby” (2004)
Won Best Actress for Hilary Swank
Won Best Supporting Actor for Morgan Freeman
Lost Best Actor for Clint Eastwood

“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003)
No acting nominations

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“Chicago” (2002)
Won Best Supporting Actress for Catherine Zeta-Jones
Lost Best Actress for Renee Zellweger
Lost Best Supporting Actor for John C. Reilly
Lost Best Supporting Actress for Queen Latifah

“A Beautiful Mind” (2001)
Won Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Connelly
Lost Best Actor for Russell Crowe

“Gladiator” (2000)
Won Best Actor for Russell Crowe
Lost Best Supporting Actor for Joaquin Phoenix

Of the 17 films to win Best Picture since the year 2000, only nine have also taken home acting awards, or about half of the time. With “Moonlight” recently scoring a victory for Mahershala Ali, does that mean, statistically speaking, that whatever film claims Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars may not be bringing a performer into the winner’s circle?

As of this writing, Gold Derby’s Oscar experts from major media outlets predict that “Dunkirk” will win Best Picture, but that none of its stars will be nominated. The closest shot “Dunkirk” has at earning an acting trophy is Mark Rylance, who has 28/1 odds to earn a nomination, good enough for eighth place on our Best Supporting Actor chart.

Be sure to make your Oscar nomination predictions so that Hollywood studio executives and top name stars can see how their films are faring in our Academy Awards odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on January 23. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Oscars taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our film forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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