The glitziest Academy Awards actually cost the least, one analysis shows; predicts wins for “Phantom Thread” director and “The Post”.
Not all Oscars are created equal.
Statuettes recognizing showbiz excellence in 24 different categories will be handed out at the 90th Academy Awards this Sunday, but some will have cost more than others. While much attention will be focused on who among the likes of Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep will go home with a trophy, it turns out that some of the glitziest awards actually cost the least to pick up.
That’s according to an analysis of the budgets of every Oscar winner since 2000 by Gameplan the personal finance arm of U.K. mobile service provider Giffgaff. The website found that on average, an Oscar costs $81.7 million to win, but there’s great variation among the movies. The most inexpensive Oscar to win is Best Leading Actress, since actresses who took home the Golden Man fronted movies costing an average of $26 million. Surprisingly, this was cheaper than the average budget of a movie awarded a Best Supporting Actress Oscar ($45 million.)