I mentioned in my Picks post that I hadn’t had the time this year to really dig into the nominees, but that the prior two years when I had done my homework my total number correct had actually gone down. I wondered if my number would go up this year having not seen many of them. It did. I got 17 out of 24 correct – the best I’ve done in the four years I’ve been making picks. More on this below.
First, some observations:
The big winner was Gravity with seven wins out of ten nominations. It didn’t win Best Picture, though. Gravity almost tied the record for most Oscar wins without winning the top award. Cabaret holds the record with eight.
On the other end of the spectrum, American Hustle had ten nominations, but did not win a single Oscar. This almost tied the record for most nominations without a single win. The Turning Point and The Color Purple hold the record with eleven. Three years ago True Grit also had ten nominations and no wins.