We’re almost two weeks away from the Academy Awards, and I’m not going to stop scrutinizing them up until the ceremony. That being said, I still feel like American Hustle is going to win Best Picture, but that can easily change since this race is the closest in a very long time.
Do you want a statistic? Since 1960, there have been seven films (prior to this year) that have had nominations in all four acting categories:
1966 – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
1967 – Bonnie and Clyde
1967 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
1976 – Network
1978 – Coming Home
1981 – Reds
2012 – Silver Linings Playbook
Out of these seven films, guess how many won Best Picture? ZERO. Yes, even the year where two films had all four acting category nominees, neither of them won Best Picture. Will the trend continue, or can you say that American Hustle is over-due?
In Oscar History, American Hustle is the 15th film to have all four acting category nominations, and only two wound up winning Best Picture. So it’s not like it’s impossible, but you would think that receiving all those noms, they’d be a front-runner for Best Picture, unless it’s really not that big of a deal to the rest of the Academy.
So what am I saying? Well, actors usually thank their directors for their recognition. In the past two years, David O. Russell has scored EIGHT Oscar nominations for his actors. Has that ever happened before? Someone look that up for me, but I doubt it. While it looks like Alfonso Cuaron is in the lead for Best Director, American Hustle could very well be the first film to win Best Picture but lose on all of its acting nominations. It’s that tight and crazy of a year.
Hey, it can happen.