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How Oscar Nominations Affect the Box Office

An Academy Award nomination assures audiences that a movie is worth seeing.
An Academy Award nomination assures audiences that a movie is worth seeing.Photograph by Matt Sayles/AP Photo

Nothing quite assures moviegoers that a film is worth watching like a stamp of approval from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. With the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards announced today, the films can expect a January wave of box office sales.

Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln led the way with 12 nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Actor. Next was Life of Pi, director Ang Lee’s fantasy adventure, with 11 nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Directing. Les Miserables, the musical starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, and Silver Linings Playbook, a drama starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, garnered eight nominations each. Ben Affleck’s critically acclaimed film Argo got seven.