When Oscar Met Boffo: Comparing Nominees' Box Office Takes

Oscar winners can be hard to predict, depending on the whims of the Academy and political maneuvering as much as anything else. But what happens when you introduce box office take into the running? Here are what would take home the trophies if it were purely based on money.

Motion Picture of the Year

Toy Story 3- $415,004,880

Inception- $292,576,195

True Grit- $164,980,809

The King's Speech- $106,182,719

Black Swan- $102,248,574

The Social Network- $96,798,310

The Fighter- $88,626,150

The Kids Are All Right- $20,811,365

127 Hours- $17,614,081

Winter's Bone- $6,425,778

To no one's surprise, Disney/Pixar's Toy Story takes home the Best Picture Oscar in terms of box office. Looking at the rest of the nominees, there's not really anything else that stood a chance of coming close, really. How can even Christopher Nolan compete with a long-awaited reunion of massively iconic animated characters in a bittersweet movie about the passing of time?

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role

True Grit-Jeff Bridges- $164,980,809

The King's Speech-Colin Firth- $106,182,719

The Social Network-Jesse Eisenberg- $96,798,310

127 Hours-James Franco- $17,614,081

Biutiful-Javier Bardem- $3,133,104

If dollars were votes, Bridges would walk away with the Best Actor trophy for the second year in a row, thanks to the success of True Grit. If only Colin Firth's movie had featured some cowboys...

Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role

The King's Speech-Geoffrey Rush- $106,182,719

The Town-Jeremy Renner- $92,186,262

The Fighter-Christian Bale- $88,626,150

The Kids Are All Right-Mark Ruffalo- $20,811,365

Winter's Bone-John Hawkes- $6,425,778

...That said, The King's Speech was successful enough that it would mean that Geoffrey Rush took home the award in this category. Given the talk around town, it's possible that this is one of the few cases where box office and Academy voting will come up with the same result.

Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role

Black Swan-Natalie Portman- $102,248,574

The Kids Are All Right-Annette Bening- $20,811,365

Blue Valentine-Michelle Williams- $8,975,286

Winter's Bone-Jennifer Lawrence- $6,425,778

Rabbit Hole-Nicole Kidman- $2,010,073

Look at the massive distance between Black Swan and every other movie in this category. Does this mean that actresses only get meaty leading roles in little-seen movies, or just that the "Natalie Portman in a lesbian scene in that ballet monster movie" thing really helped sales? Depressingly, probably both.

Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role

True Grit-Hailee Steinfeld- $164,980,809

The King's Speech-Helena Bonham Carter- $106,182,719

The Fighter-Amy Adams- $88,626,150

The Fighter-Melissa Leo- $88,626,150

Animal Kingdom-Jacki Weaver- $1,041,212

Again, look at the difference in box office between these movies - with the exception of Animal Kingdom - and the Best Actress category. Clearly, audiences seem to prefer movies where the leads are male.

Achievement in Directing

True Grit-Joel Coen & Ethan Coen- $164,980,809

The King's Speech-Tom Hooper- $106,182,719

Black Swan-Darren Aronofsky- $102,248,574

The Social Network-David Fincher- $96,798,310

The Fighter-David O. Russell- $88,626,150

The Coens' Western remake comes out top in terms of box office for this category, but I don't think they're really going to lead the voting from the Academy. I'm hoping for an upset from David Fincher, but even though The Social Network was easily one of the best movies of last year, audiences don't seem to have been that interested.

Adapted Screenplay

Toy Story 3-Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich- $415,004,880

True Grit-Joel Coen, Ethan Coen- $164,980,809

The Social Network-Aaron Sorkin- $96,798,310

127 Hours-Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy- $17,614,081

Winter's Bone-Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini- $6,425,778

Yeah, Toy Story 3 destroys the opposition here again, making three times as much money as its closest competitor. If you're wondering why it's in the "adapted" section, by the way, it's because sequels count as adaptations of the original movie for the Academy, at least until they come up with a new "Bastardizations Of Your Memories Of The Original" category.

Original Screenplay

Inception-Christopher Nolan- $292,576,195

The King's Speech-David Seidler- $106,182,719

The Fighter-Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington- $88,626,150

The Kids Are All Right-Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg- $20,811,365

Another Year-Mike Leigh- $2,536,222

Finally, a win for Inception - even though he's unlikely to win the real thing. Still, at least he can himself to sleep at night on top of his bed made of all the money he's made from Inception and the Batman movies. You need to take comfort where you can get it, it has to be said...

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