January 24, 2017 at 7:40PM

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2017 is The "Low" Budget Oscars

I was seeing the budget of the nominees for Best Picture - someone correct me if I'm wrong - and it seems this is the Oscars with the lowest budgets in history:
Arrival: US$ 47M
Hacksaw Ridge: US$ 40M
Silence: US$ 40M
La La Land: US$ 30M
Hidden Figures: US$ 25M
Fences: US$ 24M
Lion: US$ 12M
Hell of High Water: US$ 12M
Manchester by the Sea: US$ 8.5M
Moonlight: US$ 5M
(According to IMDB)

Could someone check is there was another year that got lower budgets?

Cheers,
Thales Banzai

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I'd say a good number of best picture nominees have fairly small budgets, like around or less than 50 million. Here's 2008:

Juno: 6.5 million
No Country for Old Men: 25M
Atonement: 30M
Michael Clayton: 25M
There Will be Blood: 25M

Though, there were fewer nominees that year. I would say that most of the 2015 movies had fairly small budgets as well.

January 24, 2017 at 9:13PM

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Gareth Ng
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Thanks!

January 25, 2017 at 8:48AM

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Thales Banzai
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Do you know why? The tent-pole productions rely on star power and needless effects to sell tickets rather than story and character development to earn appreciation.

January 25, 2017 at 7:29AM, Edited January 25, 7:30AM

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This year was a Story Year... so it was just Story driven plus camera and glass and the almighty lighting. It's a testament to what is really important.

January 27, 2017 at 11:39AM, Edited January 27, 11:39AM

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Wentworth Kelly
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