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While "12 Years a Slave" won Best Picture, its helmer Steve McQueen lost Best Director to Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity"). This marked the 23rd time in the 86-year history of the Oscars that there was a split in these two races. That translates into about 25% of the time. The most recent instance was last year when Ang Lee won his second Academy Award for helming the 3-D spectacle "Life of Pi" while "Argo" won Best Picture despite director Ben Affleck not being nominated. That was only the fourth time in Oscar history that the director of the Best Picture had been snubbed by the academy. The other instances: 1927/28: "Wings" won Best Picture; William Wellman was snubbed: Frank Borzage won Best Director for "Seventh Heaven"; 1931/32: "Grand Hotel" won Best Picture; Edmund Goulding was snubbed: Frank Borzage won Best D »
The 85-year history of the Academy Awards is rife with statistical oddities, and one that has the potential to play out this Sunday is among the most intriguing: a split between the films that win Best Picture and Best Director.
Though conventional wisdom has long held that only one film will walk away with both prizes on Oscar night, many pundits are predicting that the awards will instead go to two different movies this year, with "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuaron expected to snag the Best Director statuette, while "12 Years a Slave" (or "American Hustle," depending on where your loyalties lie) is the favorite to win Best Picture.
While such a split has occurred just 22 times since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started handing out trophies in 1929, four of the first five ceremonies produced a divide between the Best Director and Best Picture prizes. "Wings," dubbed the original »
- Katie Roberts
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