Oscars 2017 by the Numbers

The 89th Academy Awards take place this Sunday, a day expected to be dominated by awards darling “La La Land,” which has earned a record-tying 14 nominations. The Oscars have a long history of upsets and shocking moments though, so this weekend could have its share of surprises.

Coming on the heels of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, perhaps the most heartening aspect of 2017’s “Oscar numbers” are that they suggest a more promising year for people of color. Black actors were shut out of the acting categories the last two years in a row.

Here are a few of the many compelling statistics about this year’s Oscars, courtesy of personal finance website WalletHub.


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First year in which black actors were nominated in every acting category. Denzel Washington is up for best actor in “Fences,” Ruth Negga for actress in “Loving,” Mahershala Ali for supporting actor in “Moonlight,” Viola Davis for supporting actress in “Fences,” Naomie Harris for supporting actress in “Moonlight,” and Octavia Spencer for supporting actress in “Hidden Figures.”

Davis earned her third Oscar nomination — the record for a black actress. She was previously nominated for best actress for “The Help” in 2012 and best supporting actress for “Doubt” in 2009.

With 26 total nods, Lionsgate is the most nominated studio at this year’s ceremony.

Sound mixer Kevin O’Connell (“Hacksaw Ridge”) has 21 nominations — the record for the most Oscar noms without a win.

It’s been 21 years since Mel Gibson was last nominated for an Academy Award.

683 new members were added to the Academy in 2016 — the largest and most diverse class ever: 46% of the new members are women and 41% are people of color.

$190 million: Washington’s estimated net worth — the highest of the best actor and actress nominees.

$15,000: Jimmy Kimmel’s hosting fee.

$2.1 million: The cost of a 30-second commercial during the Oscar telecast — 58% less than the cost of a Super Bowl ad of the same length.

34.4 million: The number of average viewers of the 2016 Academy Awards — the least watched since 2008.

$696, 000: The value of the 24-karat gold-plated Oscar statuette.

$30, 000: The cost of the 16,500-square-foot Oscar red carpet.

$42.8 million: The total cost of the ceremony.

$100+ million: How much Hollywood spends annually on award lobbying.

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  1. K. Mason says:

    To Jo Thaub: I couldn’t have said it any better! These idiot “movie stars” are so removed from the average person they haven’t a clue about life. Why don’t they get a real job?? I for one will never buy anything endorsed by one of these “politicos” – in fact I mute every commercial as soon as I see any “star” on TV. So, NOAH WYLIE and ALAN ALDA, take your CIGNA B—S— and go home!!!!

  2. Hollywood Hates Real America says:

    I noticed you either omitted or burred this years viewing numbers – why?

  3. Faye Tackett says:


  4. Dave Crowder says:

    How is it heartening that Blacks are suddenly nominated in every category? Because they screamed and cried last year? And hope the numbers are lower this year with all their hateful spiteful political talk instead of just saying “thanks”.

  5. Jo Thaub says:

    How many people of Asian origin have won an oscar? How many women of Asian origin have won an oscar? Maybe they were ‘shut out’ because they didn’t act as well as the other people did. Maybe they didn’t win because the film they acted in wasn’t as good at the one that won.
    Why does a person’s ethnic origin or gender even have to be brought up? People are people aren’t they? Quit stirring the pot.

  6. Jo Thaub says:

    Who cares. Bunch of overpaid, spoiled children patting themselves on the back for participating in a trade that has done little to benefit society. The money that they spend on this event could be used to help feed the hungry and feed the homeless. Instead they lavish themselves with outrageously expensive costumes and jewelry and parade it around like they are royalty. Now they are boring us with their political affiliations, at an event that is not political, with the attempt to con others into going along with their ideals just because they are a celebrity. Their actions speak louder than their words. Disgraceful on many levels.

  7. Ella says:

    I admire that actors use award platforms to voice their opinions. Couldn’t the $$$ spent on their clothes, preparation and transportation be put towards their views? I think it would be cool to unite and ban excessive spending at awards and AWARD $$$ to deserving causes.

  8. Je Vizzusi says:

    The actual Statuette is worth around 400.00.

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