It is a ultimate honor for a movie to be crowned Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Last night, though very weird, was no exception. To any of you aspiring filmmakers, I have cracked the code. After some research on the twelve most recent Best Picture Academy Award winners, I found a few of things they have in common:
- F-Words. Make sure you drop a LOT of F-bombs. Average use per movie? 46.25.
- Get an R-rating. Even though R-rated films make WAY less money on average than PG-13, remember that only ONE of the past 12 Best Picture Awards went to a non-R-rated film.
- Don’t be very popular with the masses. Average box office of the last twelve winners was $73 million. The past three years averaged out at a paltry $30 million. (Basically, you need to make a movie that not many people really want to see.)
Title/Year/F-Bombs/Gross in Millions
- Moonlight (2016) 25 $22
- Spotlight (2015) 7 $25
- Birdman (2014) 98 $42
- 12 Years a Slave (2013) 0 $56
- Argo (2012) 25 $136
- The Artist (2011) 0 $44
- The King’s Speech (2010) 12 $135
- The Hurt Locker (2009) 75 $17
- Slumdog Millionaire (2008) 3 $141
- No Country for Old Men (2007) 2 $74
- The Departed (2006) 226 $132
- Crash (2005) 82 $54
(Special props to The Artist for being the ONLY non-R-rated movie on this list.)
- 555 total F-bombs
- 46.25. Average F-bombs per film.
- $73 million gross average per film.
So when they brought those regular tourists into the theater last night and the celebrities looked at them like they were fascinating, unknown creatures, it is because to Hollywood – they are.