Can ’12 Years a Slave’ win Best Picture without having most overall Oscar nominations?

Hey, there’s good Oscar news for fans of “12 Years a Slave,” which reaped nine nominations.

Just because “Gravity” and “American Hustle” lead with the most Oscar bids (10), that doesn’t necessarily mean that either one is ahead to win Best Picture.

Yes, it’s true that the film with the most bids has prevailed two-thirds of the time since the Oscars standardized the number of nominees in 1945, but that trend has not played out in the past decade.

Only four of the most recent 10 Best Picture champs led their contests with the most noms: “The King’s Speech,” “The Hurt Locker,”  “No Country for Old Men” and “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.”

Below, the breakdown of most nominations per year, with the winner noted in gold:

2012 – “Lincoln” (12), “Life of Pi” (11), “Les Miserables” and “Silver Linings Playbook” (8), “Argo” (7)

2011 – “Hugo” (11), “The Artist” (10)

2010 – “The King’s Speech” (12),” True Grit” (10)

2009 – “The Hurt Locker” and “Avatar” (9)

2008 – “Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (13), “Slumdog Millionaire” (10)

2007 – “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood” (8)

2006 – “Dreamgirls” (8), “Babel” (7), “The Queen” (6), “The Departed” (5)

2005 – “Brokeback Mountain” (8), “Crash” (6)

2004 – “The Aviator” (11), “Million Dollar Baby” (7)

2003 – “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” (11)


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