With the 85th Academy Awards just a day away, it's a good time to reflect on other big nights in this year's award season. Not only does it give some perspective on the multitude of cinematic honors bestowed on films each year, but it's also essential research for your Oscar pools!

The Oscars began in 1929 when there were still categories for Best Title Writing, Academy Juvenile Award (for those spunky newcomers, here's to you, Quvenzhané!), Best Dance Direction (<em>Silver Linings Playbook wishes), and Best Assistant Director. In the more than eight decades since, a host of other awards ceremonies, not to mention film festival honors, have popped up around the world.

With a focus on the Golden Globes, the New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Awards, Gotham Awards, Cannes, Sundance, Venice, Berlin, Satellite, AFI, BAFTAs, and the various guild awards, here's a brief look at the track record of this year's Oscar nominees, often a reliable indicator of who will walk away from the red carpet with that sword-wielding golden knight.

Argo and Beasts of the Southern Wild both have four major awards, though Argo's wins carry more weight with the Academy.

Best Picture:
Won: Cannes Palme d’Or, LA Film Critics Award (LAFCA)

Won: AFI Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Producers Guild Association Award

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Won: AFI Award, BFI Award, Cannes-Un Certain Regard, Sundance Grand Jury Prize

Django Unchained
Won: AFI Award

Les Misérables
Won: AFI Award, Golden Globe

Life of Pi
Won: AFI Award 

Won: AFI Award

Silver Linings Playbook
Won: AFI Award, Satellite

Zero Dark Thirty
Won: AFI Award, New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC)

Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence leads our Best Actress award tally with four. 

Best Actress:
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Won: Golden Globe

Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Won: BAFTA, Venice, LAFCA

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Won: Golden Globe, SAG, Satellite, LAFCA

Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Won: Satellite

Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln with four major award wins, so far. 

Best Actor:
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Won: Satellite

Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
Won: BAFTA, Golden Globe, NYFCC, SAG

Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Won: Golden Globe

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Won: LAFCA, Venice

Denzel Washington, Flight

Christoph Waltz has two wins, while Tommy Lee Jones's SAG Award makes him a likely competitor. 

Best Supporting Actor:
Alan Arkin, Argo
Won: SAG (ensemble)

Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Won: Hollywood Film Award

Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Won: Venice

Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Won: SAG

Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Won: BAFTA, Golden Globe

Anne Hathaway has raked in four awards for Les Misérables.

Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams, The Master

Sally Field, Lincoln

Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Won: BAFTA, Golden Globe, SAG, Satellite

Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Won: San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC)

Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty, which has two screenwriting awards alongside Django Unchained.

Best Original Screenplay:

Django Unchained
Won: BAFTA; Golden Globe


Moonrise Kingdom
Won: Gotham

Zero Dark Thirty
Won: Satellite, Writers Guild Award (WGA)

John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck in Argo, which has two Best Adapted Screenplay awards.

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Life of Pi
Won: Satellite


Silver Linings Playbook

Michael Hanake's Amour with four major wins. 

Best Foreign Film:
Won: Golden Globe, BAFTA, NYFCC, Palme d'Or


Won: Cannes C.I.C.A.E. Award

A Royal Affair
Won: Berlin, Satellite

War Witch
Won: Tribeca

How to Survive a Plague is tied with Searching for Sugar Man with two wins this season. 

Best Documentary:
5 Broken Cameras
Won: Sundance Directing Award

The Gatekeepers

How to Survive a Plague
Won: NYFCC (Best First Film), Gotham

The Invisible War
Won: Sundance Audience Award

Searching for Sugar Man

Life of Pi and Skyfall both have two wins under their belt for Best Cinematography.  

Best Cinematography:
Anna Karenina

Django Unchained

Life of Pi
Won: BAFTA, Satellite


Won: LAFCA, American Society of Cinematographers