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Chart: 2014 Best Picture Oscar Nominations By IMDB Keyword

The cinematic convention of dropping a movie’s title into its dialogue tends to elicit groans from the audience, but last year it drew something else: best picture nominations.

There were 33 films released in 2013 in which a character dramatically speaks the title, according to statistics compiled by, and four of those ended up nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards. That gives the typically tacky screenwriting tic the highest yield in the elite Oscar category of any phenomenon tracked by keywords on the comprehensive movie website. (In two of the four nominated films—Captain Phillips and Philomena—the title doubles as a character’s name, and so the title-as-dialogue thing isn’t really cheesy. The other two are Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street.)

Other movie keywords tagged in a high percentage of best picture nominees included “father-son relationship,” “mother-son relationship,” “husband-wife relationship,” and “beating,” which if applied to the same film would make for one grim drama. No best picture nominees were tagged with the keywords “mother-daughter relationship” or “father-daughter relationship.”

“Sequel” also failed to register with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, although it was associated with higher-grossing films than any of the other most common keywords of 2013. And the award for most commonly used keyword in all the movies released last year? “Bare-chested male.” A search for that keyword on will helpfully direct you to contemporary beefcake classics like 12 Years a Slave.

Gambrell is a contributing graphics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek.
Glassman is a writer and data journalist for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York.

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