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How easy is it to win an Oscar if your film isn’t a Best Picture nominee?

How easy is it to win an Oscar if your film isn’t a Best Picture nominee?

In 2009 the Academy Awards expanded the Best Picture race in the hopes of giving more popular films a chance at being nominated. In the years since, it has produced hit and miss results when it comes to this goal. However, we have seen an uptick in the number of winners of other categories at the Oscars now being from films that number among the Best Picture nominees.

Between 2009 and 2017, 81 films received a Best Picture nomination. Collectively they racked up an impressive 157 nominations of which they’ve won 138 or 88%. Below is a breakdown of the number of times the winner of a category was also a Best Picture contender and the impact that could have on this year’s Oscars.

Best Director: 9 for 9

Only Bennet Miller (“Foxcatcher,” 2014) has received a Best Director bid without his film being nominated. This rules out a win by Pawel Pawlikowski for “Cold War.”

Best Actor:

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