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This Thursday morning, the Oscar nominations will be announced and we could be looking at a very significant best picture race, box office wise. Last year, only one of the 9 best picture nominees -- "The Help" -- grossed over $100 million, and only two more grossed over $60 million ("War Horse" and "The Descendents"). This year could blow those numbers away. Of the seven films most are assuming will end up being nominated for best picture ("Argo," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty"), four have already hit $100 million while the other three have possible to assured chances of doing the same. Will it be the biggest lineup ever? Unlikely in terms of an overall combined number. It will be hard for any year to top 2009, when "Avatar," "Up" and "The Blind Side" helped bring the »

- Peter Knegt

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