Hello NIHF-ers, Tanner here back to the site for the awards season. And just to stay true to form I’m coming back with a statistics article. The Academy announced the Oscar nominees this week and here are a few fun numbers about the films nominated to win little gold men.
For starters, there are 52 total films nominated for awards this year. Thirty-four of those films are nominated for exactly one award. Those 34 films include all 15 “short” films, all but one of the five animated features, all but one of the five documentary features, and all but one of the five visual effect nominees.
Best Picture Nominees
All Best Picture Nominated films have at least four other award nominations. Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book both have the “minimum” 4 other nominations. They share this number of non-best picture award nominations with First Man & Mary Poppins Return. Which begs the question: why did neither of those films nab a Best Picture nomination?
Of the other Best Picture nominated films, only BlacKkKlansman earned six award nominations, and just Black Panther earned seven award nominations. A Star Is Born and Vice were both nominated for a total of 8 awards.
The Favourite and Roma are tied for the most nominations at 10. Interestingly, The Favourite was nominated for two Best Supporting Actress Awards, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz both of whom are past academy award winners. Therefore, Netflix darling Roma is nominated for the awards in the most categories since The Favourite is only nominated for awards in 9 categories.
Popular review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com has scored for 37 of the 52 nominated films. Best Picture nominated films have an average Tomatometer score of 85% whereas all 37 scored films have an average rating of 87%. Could the actual best picture be missing from the eight nominees?
Best Picture-nominated Bohemian Rhapsody and twice nominated Mary Queen of Scots tie for the lowest Tomatometer score of 62%. Documentary Minding the Gap has the only perfect Tomatometer score of 100%. It is worth noting, however, that documentaries typically have higher Tomatometer scores.
Highly lauded Japanese foreign film Shoplifters has the highest score of a typical feature film at 99%. Shoplifters is followed by the Makeup and Hair award nominee Border and thrice nominated film Can You Ever Forgive Me (both 98%).
These two films are followed by the highest Tomatometer scoring Best Picture nominee Black Panther and Best Animated Feature nominee: Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.
Fox’s four distributed films got a total of 20 award nominations, more than any other studio. Disney, however, was close behind with 19 award nominations for their nine films. Given the merger of the two companies finalizing in the coming year, it is safe to say that Disney more than owns Hollywood and awards season moving forward.
Surprising most everyone, Netflix has four films with a total of 15 award nominations. Typical big hitters Universal Studios and Warner Brothers each have two films with nominations for a total of 9 nominated awards each studio.
As is always the case most (69% or 36 of the 52 films) of the films nabbing nominations are at least partially American produced. Four British projects got nominations, 18 total nominations. Three Canadian, three German, and three Irish films also got nominations (three, five, and 12 awards respectively).
Despite only being represented by one film, Mexican film has an impressive ten nominations including Best Picture.
Where to Watch
Of the 52 films with award nominations, 16 are still only available to be viewed in theaters. Two other films are also still in theaters but are also available through different means (Roma can be streamed on Netflix, and Bohemian Rhapsody is available on digital download).
Sixteen films are currently available for purchase, including the previously mentioned Bohemian Rhapsody. Nineteen movies are now available to stream on at least one of the eight streaming services we examined, including the previously mentioned Roma. And 14 are available to rent. We will provide you with more information on where you can find these films before the ceremony on February 24th soon.
We love our numbers here at NIHF so you can expect more fun like this throughout the awards season. Check out our early predictions and be sure to enter our Oscar Prediction contest for a chance to win a Blu-Ray of whichever film ends up the Best Picture winner.