[quote="ITALIANO]When was the last time that, under the old 5-slots format, a Best Picture nominee was only nominated in the Acting categories (and so was only loved by the Actors branch?) I think it was very, very rare. It's impossible that The Help would have made it. Impossible.[/quote]
I was bored at work so I looked at the past three decades of 5 Best Picture nominees.
Here are all the films to recieve a Best Picture nomination and only acting nominations:
Basically there are none. [/quote]
I thought so - thanks for the research. And this, Sonic Youth, means something. And yes, of course appealing to more than one branch - even Actors and Writers, rather than just Actors - make a movie a better candidate for a Best Picture nomination, that's obvious.[/quote][/quote][/quote][/quote][/quote][/quote][/quote]
Flukes do happen. And although it's not wise to speculate on a potential fluke when there are more likelier options, the fact is Midnight in Paris for Best Picture in the old five-slot system would have been a fluke as well. How many films nominated for Best Picture and Director were only nominated for Screenplay and a tech award, with no acting nom? It's possible there may have been a few a long time ago. But I can't think of any recent examples. I'm sure someone will provide examples if there are any. I could be overlooking something, but I doubt it's happened in the last three or four decades. Most Lone Director films don't usually have more than four nominations, and Midnight in Paris only has four as it is.
And without a directing, acting or screenplay nom, War Horse would also have been a fluke. If a film is going to be nominated without Best Director, it must have an acting or screenplay nod. In this case, there has been a recent example of such a film getting a Best Picture nomination, and that would be Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, but we must admit - if we're going to be honest - that was a special circumstance. Again, I will grant that there may be a better example in the long ago past, but even so a Best Picture for War Horse would have been a big anomaly.
So, as I see it all three films would have been near-impossibilities for Best Picture, but one of them had to have made it. I just picked the more generally (i.e. box office) popular of the three, but one option may be as likely as the other. If the 10 Best Pictures rule were in place in 1994, there would be no argument that Four Weddings and a Funeral, with its two nominations, would have been among the five nominated for Best Picture. No argument at all. We'd be in agreement that it wouldn't have made the cut.[/quote]