18 February 2013 7:27 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Over a month ago -- before the Oscar nominations were announced -- we asked whether we were heading toward the biggest box office ever for a best picture race. In terms of the overall combined gross of the nominees, we acknowledged that was a bit of a longshot thanks to the inclusion of "Avatar" in the lineup 3 years ago. But we did, however, wonder if we would end up seeing a whopping 7 of the best picture nominees end up grossing $100 million -- something that has never happened before. A possibility then, it's a certainty now. "Lincoln," "Argo," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables" and "Life of Pi" already have, while "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty" are about to.  And while that's impressive, what's even more so is how much of the box office activity has been going down during the period between the nominations being announced and next week's awards. »

- Peter Knegt

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