The Oscars by the Numbers

A statistical breakdown of what makes a best picture nominee.
3:00 | 03/02/14

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evening a sort of scientific breakdown of what makes a best picture nominee. For starters, location, location, location. ESPN's Nate silver, part of our team too researching every film ever nominated for best picture and found that 20% of them take place in New York. Most common winning theme, relationship between husband and wife and it turns out something else helps you get nominated too. Snap out of it. That's right, a good slap in the face, 31% of best picture nominees have someone getting slapped in the film, and so much focus on the speeches tonight, who will give the best one, who gets nudged off the stage by the music. The longest Oscar acceptance speech ever was given by best actress Greer Garson for "Miss miniver," that speech, 5 1/2 minutes. She never won an Oscar again. The shortest Oscar speech ever, just two words, patty duke winning supporting actress for "The miracle working" in 1963 simply saying, "Thank you" and all of us saying thank you for that.

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