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Mar 22 2020

Oscar Category Fraud, By the Numbers




One fun way to look at screen time and lead/supporting categories is to go from the百分比of screen time the actors get.This reminds you how much extra plot and character development any film must devote away from even the most lead-driven pictures.For example, it’s interesting to note that even in films where the lead seems to be “almost every frame of the movie” there’s still a lot of screen percentage lost (Timothee Chalamet is only in 83% of打电话给我你的名字;Michael Fassbender in 81% of史蒂夫·乔布斯;Isabelle Huppert in 84% of艾丽;Reese Witherspoon in 88% of野生, etc.).

因此,感觉不对的引领和支撑类别拆分到50%或50%的屏幕时间的百分比之下。So I’ve taken a look to see how the categories over the last twenty years might have looked if to be eligible for Best Actor/Actress, you had to be in over 40% of the film’s running time, and to be eligible for Best Supporting Actor/Supporting Actress, you had to appear in less than 40% of the film’s running time.


  • 杰弗里·拉什,在羽毛笔的30%
  • 丹尼尔·戴·刘易斯,在纽约黑帮的29%
  • 约翰尼德普,在加勒比海盗的34%
  • 西恩潘,在神秘河(赢家)的34%
  • 森林惠特克,在最后的苏格兰王(获奖者)的34%
  • 摩根·弗里曼,在成事的35%
  • 休·杰克曼,在悲惨世界的37%
  • 史蒂夫·卡瑞尔,在狐狸猎手的39%

Excepting Rush and Day-Lewis, these numbers are very close to 40%, and they all do feel like lead performances.Since Penn and Whittaker’s victories, no winner has come close to so low a percentage number (the closest were Day-Lewis for林肯, in 51%;and Jean Dujardin for艺术家, in 58%).But nobody here feels like they should have been nominated in the supporting category.Would you agree?


  • 艾伦·鲍丝汀,在安魂曲的35%梦
  • 琼·艾伦,在竞争者的36%
  • 西西·史派克,在30%的卧室
  • 妮可·基德曼,在该时间的21%(赢家)
  • 萨曼莎·莫顿,在美国的29%
  • 瑞茜·威瑟斯彭,在步行的34%的线(赢家)
  • 梅丽尔·斯特里普,在魔界的26%穿普拉达的女王
  • 凯特·温斯莱特,在身为人母的33%
  • 凯特温斯莱特,在阅读器的34%
  • 海伦·米伦,在最后一站的34%
  • 维奥拉·戴维斯,在帮助的32%
  • 鲁尼玛拉,在女孩的39%龙纹身
  • 杰西卡·查斯坦,在猎杀本·拉登的37%
  • 艾米·亚当斯,在美国骗局的36%
  • 关之琳派克,在飘女孩的38%

The two truly surprising numbers for me here were Spacek and Streep, because their performances are so vibrant and powerful in those films, and they feel like they’re in much more of their respective pictures.Much press was written about how the three actresses in时时刻刻and how they would be submitted (Julianne Moore, in the supporting category, was in 24% of the movie, four minutes more than lead Nicole).While winners Kidman and Witherspoon had relatively little screen time, the three winners who had the most screen time are Natalie Portman, in 83% of黑天鹅;Julianne Moore, in 80% of我想念我自己;and Julia Roberts, in 73% of永不妥协).Having even more screen time are nominees Charlotte Rampling, in 91% of45年, and Marion Cotillard, in 89% of两天一晚…which seems fitting as they are both towering pieces of acting where the entire picture works or doesn’t on their shoulders.



  • 吉姆·布罗德本特,在虹膜(获奖者)的43%
  • 伊桑·霍克,在训练日的61%
  • 托马斯·哈登·丘奇,在侧身的48%
  • 杰米·福克斯,在抵押品54%
  • 杰克·吉伦哈尔,在断臂山的43%
  • 杰曼·翰苏,在血钻的41%
  • 伍迪·哈里森,在信使的48%
  • 克里斯蒂安·贝尔,在44%的战士(冠军)
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman, in 47% of The Master
  • Christoph Waltz, in 40% of Django Unchained (the winner)
  • Sylvester Stallone, in 44% of Creed
  • Mahershala Ali, in 52% of Green Book

Here’s where it gets arguable.The three biggest percentages (Hawke, Foxx, and Ali) do feel like co-lead performances.But most of the others feel right in this category, most of them having a lead actor or actress whose story they are clearly supporting while still having their own.While Christian Bale is the winner with the most screen time, winners with the least screen time are Alan Arkin, in 14% of阳光小美女;and Benicio del Toro and Mark Rylance, each in 17% of交通and间谍之桥, respectively).Del Toro’s number in particular is interesting, as he won Best Actor at the SAG Awards that year!There are quite a few gentlemen nominated for less than 10% total screen time in this category, most notably Sam Elliot with less than 7% of dazzling time for一颗星星诞生了.


  • Cate Blanchett, in 56% of Notes on a Scandal
  • Hailee Stanfield, in 55% of True Grit
  • 朱莉娅·罗伯茨, in 47% of August: Osage County
  • 艾莉西亚·维肯特, in 50% of The Danish Girl (the winner)
  • Rooney Mara, in 60% of Carol
  • Emma Stone, in 48% of The Favourite

These performances all feel like leads.Meryl was in less (44%) of her movie with朱莉娅and Jeff Bridges, nominated for Best Actor for大地惊雷, was in 45% of it.Cate was in颂歌for 55%, less time than Mara.Two performances that made it just under the 40% gun were Jennifer Hudson, in 39.6% of梦幻女郎and Viola Davis, in 38.6% of栅栏。..if either had been in the background of one or two other scenes, they’d be listed here.

该收藏is somewhat of a unique case, and its Oscar placements have been the talk of much debate.But looking at the numbers, Emma is in 48%;Olivia in 42%;and Rachel in 36%.It’s said that the Emma and Rachel deferred to Olivia on where she wanted to be placed, and when she went for Best Actress, they both submitted for Supporting.

This article included a lot of numbers, but I hope it was still some fun reading.Did any numbers surprise you?

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Reader Comments (19)

A topic dear to my heart.
I always think, if you want to go lead, you're a lead.There's no fraud in that direction and screen time is irrelevant.

But 30% and under is a good benchmark for supporting.

March 22, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Mike in Canada

Is the link working for anyone?It is not working for me.

March 22, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Ken

My guidelines are this:

<25%: Probably supporting, outside of extreme (Lecter) outliers
25-40%: 50-50 chance, depending on narrative structure/content/context
41-60%: Probably lead, outside of Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs style outliers.
61%+: No question lead.

March 22, 2020 | 未注册的批评家Volvagia


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March 22, 2020 | 未注册的批评家卡洛斯


March 22, 2020 | 未注册的批评家大卫

有趣的是一大堆的这些反派人物谁的谁可能在技术上被认为是导致视字符排序抢戏的他们乏味的观点:丹尼尔·戴·刘易斯在GONY,森林惠特克在TLKOS,史蒂夫·卡瑞尔在Foxcatch,梅丽尔·斯特里普在魔鬼 Wears Prada, and you could probably extend that to Tom Cruise in Collateral and Denzel Washington in Training Day, whose prominence resulted in high screentime supporting turns by Hawke and Foxx.当然还有进一步寻找到过去的这个极端的例子可能是安东尼·霍普金斯在沉默的羔羊。


March 22, 2020 | 未注册的批评家MJS

很有意思,都相当令人吃惊。我本来以为会有更多的具有较高号码辅助类。感谢写这个了 - 我喜欢这种东西。

March 22, 2020 | 未注册的批评家安倍晋三


March 22, 2020 | 未注册的批评家eurocheese


March 23, 2020 | 未注册的批评家丹·汉弗莱


大多数女演员:有趣的是,看,很多这样的例子特别是在领先的类别可以(不仅在画面的时间,但对于本身的情节),并且这些数字confirmes了我的犯罪嫌疑人被认为更像是一个共同牵头角色 are nominated for co-lead roles more often than men and i could bet that in most of these cases the movie starring by the actress nominated was ignored in the major category


March 23, 2020 | 未注册的批评家塞萨尔·盖坦



March 23, 2020 | 未注册的批评家平价




March 23, 2020 | 未注册的批评家瓦尔

值得指出的是,该百分比是从总运行时间,即包括信贷(我问该网站的创建者关于这个前一阵子在Twitter上),这当然有助于解释为什么几乎没有任何表现是在90 +%的频谱。

March 23, 2020 | 未注册的批评家MRW


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March 23, 2020 | 未注册的批评家伊恩


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March 23, 2020 | 未注册的批评家/ 3rtful

我觉得最大的灰色地带往往是周围群戏(如。着时间,最喜欢的),当3+演员分享直逼屏幕的时间。这真的很难界定谁应该对铅或边缘是否从一个电影充满整个辅助类。有很多方法争辩每种情况下如。哪个字符提供的进入点/ POV为观众导航的叙述?谁去上最大的旅程?谁是围绕其他字符枢纽主连接?谁扮演的最有名的人(在讲述真实故事)?谁拥有最多的屏幕上的时间?其性能不散的片头字幕之后的心灵?这么多的问题,这是特别相关的大的群戏...这肯定得到有争议的!

March 23, 2020 | 未注册的批评家萨利w ^

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