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  • Paul Sheehan
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    Who has crunched the numbers on this?

    In the 84-year history of the Oscars, how many Best Picture champs led all other contenders with the most nominations?

    What were the exceptions to this rule? Which films topped the nominations chart but failed to win Best Picture (or weren’t even nominated)?

     

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    JayDF
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    Lord have mercy, thought it was be easy but this isn’t.  I got through the 30’s, but only really checked the nomination totals for best picture nominees…in some of those early years it might be possible for a film not nominated for best picture to have just as many or more noms than the picture winner.

    1930-31 Cimarron
    1932-33 Cavalcade (although A FAREWELL TO ARMS and LADY FOR A DAY has the same # of nods)
    1935 Mutiny On the Bounty
    1936 The Great Ziegfeld (although ANTHONY ADVERSE and DODSWORTH has the same # of nods)
    1937 The Life of Emile Zola
    1938 You Can’t Take It with You
    1939 Gone with the Wind 

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    allabout oscars
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    i think since the 60’s which is close to 50 years..
    the picture that had the most nominations has won
    the award at least 85-90% of the time..

    I can think of a few exceptions.
    1980..ORDINARY PEOPLE -6 NOMINATIONS
              RAGING BULL  AND THE ELEPHANT MAN LED WITH 8
    1981..CHARIOTS OF FIRE – 7 NOMINATIONS
              REDS LED WITH 12
    2006..THE DEPARTED – 5 NOMINATIONS
              DREAMGIRLS LED WITH 8

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    1980s
    1982: Gandhi – 11 nominations
    1983: Terms of Endearment – 11 nominations
    1984: Amadeus – 11 nominations
    1985: Out of Africa – 11 nominations
    1986: Platoon – 8 nominations
    1987: The Last Emperor – 9 nominations
    1988: Rain Man – 8 nominations
    1989: Driving Miss Daisy – 9 nominations

    1990s
    1990: Dances with Wolves – 12 nominations
    1992: Unforgiven – 9 nominations
    1993: Schindler’s List – 12 nominations
    1994: Forrest Gump – 13 nominations
    1995: Braveheart – 10 nominations
    1996: The English Patient – 12 nominations
    1997: Titanic – 14 nominations
    1998: Shakespeare in Love – 13 nominations
    1999: American Beauty – 8 nominations

    2000s
    2000: Gladiator – 12 nominations
    2002: Chicago – 13 nominations
    2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 11 nominations
    2007: No Country for Old Men – 8 nominations
    2009: The Hurt Locker – 9 nominations

    2010s
    2010: The King’s Speech – 12 nominations

    Exceptions
    1991: Bugsy led with 10 nominations
    2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring led with 13 nominations
    2004: The Aviator led with 11 nominations
    2005: Brokeback Mountain led with 8 nominations
    2008: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button led with 13 nominations
    2011: Hugo led with 11 nominations 

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    Daniel B.
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    Here is a list of the most nominated film at each Oscar ceremony, and in brackets the Best Picture-winning film:

    years in red indicate when the winner did not have the most nominations
    years in blue indicate when the winner also had the most nominations
    years in green indicate when the winner was tied with another film(s) for the most nominations

    1927/28 – Seventh Heaven (Wings)
    1928/29 – In Old Arizona; The Patriot [tie] (The Broadway Melody)
    1929/30 – The Love Parade (All Quiet on the Western Front)
    1930/31 – Cimarron (Cimarron)
    1931/32 – Arrowsmith; The Champ [tie] (Grand Hotel)
    1932/33 – Cavalcade; A Farewell to Arms; Lady for a Day [tie] (Cavalcade)
    1934 – One Night of Love (It Happened One Night)
    1935 – The Lives of a Bengal Lancer; Mutiny on the Bounty [tie] (Mutiny on the Bounty)
    1936 – Anthony Adverse; Dodsworth; The Great Ziegfeld [tie] (The Great Ziegfeld)
    1937 – The Life of Emile Zola (The Life of Emile Zola)
    1938 – You Can’t Take It with You (You Can’t Take It with You)
    1939 – Gone with the Wind (Gone with the Wind)
    1940 – Rebecca (Rebecca)
    1941 – Sergeant York (How Green Was My Valley)
    1942 – Mrs. Miniver (Mrs. Miniver)
    1943 – The Song of Bernadette (Casablanca)
    1944 – Going My Way; Wilson [tie] (Going My Way)
    1945 – The Bells of St. Mary’s (The Lost Weekend)
    1946 – The Best Years of Our Lives (The Best Years of Our Lives)
    1947 – Gentleman’s Agreement (Gentleman’s Agreement)
    1948 – Johnny Belinda (Hamlet)
    1949 – The Heiress (All the King’s Men)

    1950 – All About Eve (All About Eve)
    1951 – A Streetcar Named Desire (An American in Paris)
    1952 – High Noon; Moulin Rouge; The Quiet Man [tie] (The Greatest Show on Earth)
    1953 – From Here to Eternity (From Here to Eternity)
    1954 – On the Waterfront (On the Waterfront)
    1955 – Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing; Marty; The Rose Tattoo [tie] (Marty)
    1956 – Giant (Around the World in 80 Days)
    1957 – Sayonara (The Bridge on the River Kwai)
    1958 – The Defiant Ones; Gigi [tie] (Gigi)
    1959 – Ben-Hur (Ben-Hur)
    1960 – The Apartment (The Apartment)
    1961 – Judgment at Nuremburg; West Side Story [tie] (West Side Story)
    1962 – Lawrence of Arabia (Lawrence of Arabia)
    1963 – Tom Jones (Tom Jones)
    1964 – Mary Poppins (My Fair Lady)
    1965 – Doctor Zhivago; The Sound of Music [tie] (The Sound of Music)
    1966 – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (A Man for All Seasons)
    1967 – Bonnie and Clyde; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? [tie] (In the Heat of the Night)
    1968 – Oliver! (Oliver!)
    1969 – Anne of the Thousand Days (Midnight Cowboy)
    1970 – Airport; Patton [tie] (Patton)
    1971 – Fiddler on the Roof; The French Connection; The Last Picture Show [tie] (The French Connection)
    1972 – Cabaret; The Godfather [tie] (The Godfather)
    1973 – The Exorcist; The Sting [tie] (The Sting)
    1974 – Chinatown; The Godfather Part II [tie] (The Godfather Part II)
    1975 – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
    1976 – Network; Rocky [tie] (Rocky)
    1977 – Julia; The Turning Point [tie] (Annie Hall)
    1978 – The Deer Hunter; Heaven Can Wait [tie] (The Deer Hunter)
    1979 – All That Jazz; Kramer vs. Kramer [tie] (Kramer vs. Kramer)
    1980 – The Elephant Man; Raging Bull [tie] (Ordinary People)
    1981 – Reds (Chariots of Fire)
    1982 – Gandhi (Gandhi)
    1983 – Terms of Endearment (Terms of Endearment)
    1984 – Amadeus; A Passage to India [tie] (Amadeus)
    1985 – The Color Purple; Out of Africa [tie] (Out of Africa)
    1986 – Platoon; A Room with a View [tie] (Platoon)
    1987 – The Last Emperor (The Last Emperor)
    1988 – Rain Man (Rain Man)
    1989 – Driving Miss Daisy (Driving Miss Daisy)
    1990 – Dances with Wolves (Dances with Wolves)
    1991 – Bugsy (The Silence of the Lambs)
    1992 – Howards End; Unforgiven [tie] (Unforgiven)
    1993 – Schindler’s List (Schindler’s List)
    1994 – Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump)
    1995 – Braveheart (Braveheart)
    1996 – The English Patient (The English Patient)
    1997 – Titanic (Titanic)
    1998 – Shakespeare in Love (Shakespeare in Love)
    1999 – American Beauty (American Beauty)
    2000 – Gladiator (Gladiator)
    2001 – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (A Beautiful Mind)
    2002 – Chicago (Chicago)
    2003 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
    2004 – The Aviator (Million Dollar Baby)
    2005 – Brokeback Mountain (Crash)
    2006 – Dreamgirls (The Departed)
    2007 – No Country for Old Men; There Will Be Blood [tie] (No Country for Old Men)
    2008 – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Slumdog Millionaire)
    2009 – Avatar; The Hurt Locker [tie] (The Hurt Locker)
    2010 – The King’s Speech (The King’s Speech)
    2011 – Hugo (The Artist

    Tally:
    34 – film with most nominations = Best Picture
    22 – film tied for the most nominations = Best Picture
    28 – film with most nominations = does not win Best Picture, including:
    6 – mutliple films tied for the most nominations = none win Best Picture

    Analysis:
    If there is one film that has the most nominations (which has happened exactly 2/3 of the time), 61% of the time, it has won Best Picture.

    If there are multiple films that are tied for the most nomiations in any given year (which has happened 1/3 of the time), 79% of the time, one of them will win Best Picture.

    On 56 occasions (67%), the winner of Best Picture either has the single most nominations that year, or is tied with having the most nominations that year.  ….so, not really that close to 85-90%

     

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    What were the exceptions to this rule?

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    Daniel B.
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    What were the exceptions to this rule?

    Check out my previous post. Years in red indicate when the winner did not have the most nominations. Titles with the most nominations are listed first, and the Best Picture winner that year is listed in brackets.

    In short, here are all 28 instances where the Best Picture winners did not have the most nominations:

    1927/28 – most nominations: Seventh Heaven (Best Picture winner: Wings)
    1928/29 – most nominationsIn Old Arizona; The Patriot [tie] (Best Picture winner: The Broadway Melody)
    1929/30 – most nominationsThe Love Parade (Best Picture winner: All Quiet on the Western Front)
    1931/32 – most nominationsArrowsmith; The Champ [tie] (Best Picture winner: Grand Hotel)
    1934 – most nominationsOne Night of Love (Best Picture winner: It Happened One Night)
    1941 – most nominationsSergeant York (Best Picture winner: How Green Was My Valley)
    1943 – most nominationsThe Song of Bernadette (Best Picture winner: Casablanca)
    1945 – most nominationsThe Bells of St. Mary’s (Best Picture winner: The Lost Weekend)
    1948 – most nominationsJohnny Belinda (Best Picture winner: Hamlet)
    1949 – most nominationsThe Heiress (Best Picture winner: All the King’s Men)
    1951 – most nominationsA Streetcar Named Desire (Best Picture winner: An American in Paris)
    1952 – most nominationsHigh Noon; Moulin Rouge; The Quiet Man [tie] (Best Picture winner: The Greatest Show on Earth)
    1956 – most nominationsGiant (Best Picture winner: Around the World in 80 Days)
    1957 – most nominationsSayonara (Best Picture winner: The Bridge on the River Kwai)
    1964 – most nominationsMary Poppins (Best Picture winner: My Fair Lady)
    1966 – most nominationsWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Best Picture winner: A Man for All Seasons)
    1967 – most nominationsBonnie and Clyde; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? [tie] (Best Picture winner: In the Heat of the Night)
    1969 – most nominationsAnne of the Thousand Days (Best Picture winner: Midnight Cowboy)
    1977 – most nominationsJulia; The Turning Point [tie] (Best Picture winner: Annie Hall)
    1980 – most nominationsThe Elephant Man; Raging Bull [tie] (Best Picture winner: Ordinary People)
    1981 – most nominationsReds (Best Picture winner: Chariots of Fire)
    1991 – most nominationsBugsy (Best Picture winner: The Silence of the Lambs)
    2001 – most nominationsThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Best Picture winner: A Beautiful Mind)
    2004 – most nominationsThe Aviator (Best Picture winner: Million Dollar Baby)
    2005 – most nominationsBrokeback Mountain (Best Picture winner: Crash)
    2006 – most nominationsDreamgirls (Best Picture winner: The Departed)
    2008 – most nominationsThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Best Picture winner: Slumdog Millionaire)
    2011 – most nominationsHugo (Best Picture winner: The Artist

    Every other year, the film that won Best Picture also had the most nominations (or was tied for having the most nominations).

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    What were the exceptions to this rule?

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    There is really no garauntee the movie that is nominated for the most Academy Awards for that particular award show will walk a way with the Best Picuture Price.  Most of the time, the movie with the most nominations will win the top prize; but as Daniel B. indicated above he made it very clear that is more common tha people think.

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