The success of the Oscars telecast depends on a lot of factors: Was the host funny? Did the musical numbers go on forever?
But the single biggest reason for the success or failure of the show is whether the nominated movies were popular with fans and whether a lot of stars were nominated.
So with that in mind, how do this year's nominees stack up in terms of drawing power?
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On the plus side, three of the movies that got multiple nominations were -- or are -- huge box office hits: "Gravity," "American Hustle" and "Captain Phillips." Another big Oscar player, "The Wolf of Wall Street," which opened in late December, also looks to be a crowd pleaser.
But some notable names and movies will be missing, most noticeably talk show mogul Oprah Winfrey, who some thought would be nominated for best supporting actress for her role in "Lee Daniels' The Butler." In fact, that film was shut out of the Oscar nomination race, depriving the show of one of the year's more popular movies.
But the original song category could provide some uplift for the March 2 Oscar telecast: Among the nominees are U2, Pharell Williams and Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead vocalist Karen O.