Since the Oscars are only a few hours away, let’s take a look at the Best Picture nominees and see how each fared at the box office. I’m also gonna try and guess some of the winners.
Well the good news for Hollywood is the crop is higher than last year, with the 8 Best Picture nominees bringing in a total of $782.5 million at the box office in the US. The previous year the cume was $669.3 million, and it was that high only thanks to American Sniper ($350.1 million). As far as average gross per Best Picture nominee, 2015 with $97.8 million (and still climbing) is the best since 2012, when 6 of the 9 movies made more than $100 million domestically. For this edition of the Oscars only 3 of the 8 Best Picture nominated films cleared $100 million.
But enough about that, let’s see the Best Picture nominees in order from lowest to highest grossing. Between brackets you can see the total number of Oscar nominations that movie has as well as its worldwide total at the box office.
8. Room (4) – $13.5 million ($21.3 million)
Besides Best Picture, Room is also nominated for Director (Lenny Abrahamson), Adapted Screenplay (Emma Donoghue) and Actress (Brie Larson), the later being the most likely to nab a statue tonight in her category. That will probably also be Room‘s only Oscar.
7. Brooklyn (3) – $36.5 million
Being the movie with the least amount of nominations among the 8, Brooklyn is very likely to leave empty-handed. That is unless Saoirse Ronan (nominated for Actress) can pull a fast one on Brie Larson. Brooklyn is also in for Adapted Screenplay (Nick Hornby).
6. Spotlight (6) – $39.2 million ($58.4 million)
I think Spotlight could take Adapted Screenplay (Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy) since I can’t see the Academy not honoring this in at least one category. Spotlight is also up for Editing (Tom McArdie), Director (Tom McCarthy), Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo) and Supporting Actress (Rachel McAdams).
5. The Big Short (5) – $68.5 million ($122.1 million)
The Big Short will probably draw the short stick tonight. Here we have Director (Adam McKay), Supporting Actor (Christian Bale), Editing (Hank Corwin) and Adapted Screenplay (Charles Randolph and Adam McKay). Or maybe it takes that last one, we’ll see in just a few hours.
4. Bridge of Spies (6) – $72.2 million ($164.3 million)
Mark Rylance (Supporting Actor) is pretty likely to take something home tonight, possibly an award. Bridge of Spies is also up for Original Score (Thomas Newman), Original Screenplay (Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen), Art Direction and Sound. Surprisingly not Director, but I guess Steven Spielberg has enough Oscars at home (3).
3. Mad Max: Fury Road (10) – $153.6 million ($377.6 million)
This is probably the biggest surprise here. Not that it doesn’t deserve to be up for Best Picture (Mad Max: Fury Road really was amazing), I just never imagined the Academy would ever acknowledge it in such a way. In a perfect world I’d like to see George Miller take home Best Director, sadly that probably won’t be the case and a couple of technical awards will have to suffice for Fury Road. Besides Director, the post-apocalyptic film is also up for Oscars in Editing (Margaret Sixel), Cinematography (John Seale), Costume Design (Jenny Beavan), Make Up (Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin), Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound and Sound Editing.
2. The Revenant (12) – $170.5 million ($385 million)
The Revenant is the big favorite tonight and could easily take home 4-5 awards, including Picture, Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio is long overdue), Director (Alejandro G. Inarritu), Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) and a couple other technical awards. Besides the ones mentioned above, The Revenant is up for Supporting Actor (Tom Hardy), Editing (Stephen Mirrione), Costume Design (Jacqueline West), Make Up (Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini), Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound and Sound Editing.
1. The Martian (7) – $228.3 million ($619.7 million)
Lastly we have The Martian, and while this is by far the most successful of the bunch, it’s likely to leave the same way it came, with zero awards. The Martian has Actor (Matt Damon), Adapted Screenplay (Drew Goddard), Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound and Sound Editing.
Here are my pics for tonight’s Oscars: The Revenant (Best Picture), Alejandro G. Inarritu (Best Director) Leonardo DiCaprio (Actor), Brie Larson (Actress), Mark Rylance (Supporting Actor), Kate Winslet (Supporting Actress), all probably very safe choices. What are yours? Or maybe if you’re reading this after the awards, what deserved to win and what didn’t?