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Quentin Tarantino

December's Oscar hopefuls have to catch up with 'The Martian,' 'Room,' 'Mad Max' and more in the race

Since the film academy expanded the best picture category six years ago, 55 movies have been nominated for that honor. Of that group, 15 — including "American Sniper" and "Selma" last year — arrived in theaters in December.

Not one of those 15 movies went on to win the Academy Award for best picture.

In fact, the last December movie to take that Oscar was Clint Eastwood's 2004 film "Million Dollar Baby," a late entry that Eastwood had shot that summer and didn't land on Warner Bros.' release schedule until the leaves began changing color.