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Ranking The 9 Best Picture Oscar Nominees By Their TV Actor Talent

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Award season finally ends this Sunday with the 85th Academy Awards, or "Oscars," as they're known in The Business, which, good thing — methinks Vince is on the verge of driving to Los Angeles and taking a Stewie Griffin-sized dump in the Dolby Theatre. The Best Picture nominees are as such: Old People Dying and Stuff, Ergo No, White People Present: Magical Realism, Dejesus Uncrossed, Miserable Lesbian, House of Pies, Fillmore, EAGLES RULES COWBOYS DROOL, and The Osama Bin Laden Power Hour: Electric Boogaloo.

If you're like me, you saw approximately half of those movies and still aren't sure Life of Pi is, y'know, real. So what's a non-Amour watcher to do this Sunday? Why, root for the Best Picture nominee with the highest number of favorite TV show characters in it. After the jump, I've ranked the nine nominated films by their small screen pedigree, featuring actors and actresses that starred in a post-2000 TV show. Findings: Coach Taylor was a busy man.

Aaron Tveit as Enjolras (Gossip Girl)

No one.

Bradley Cooper as Patrizio Solitano (Alias)

Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany Maxwell (The Bill Engvall Show)

Julia Stiles as Veronica Maxwell (Dexter)

Shea Whigham as Jake Solitano (Boardwalk Empire)

Paul Herman as Randy (Entourage)

Kerry Washington as Broomhilda von Shaft (Scandal)

Walton Goggins as Billy Crash (Justified)

Dennis Christopher as Leonide Moguy (Deadwood)

Amber Tamblyn as Daughter of a Son of a Gunfighter (House)

M.C. Gainey as Big John Brittle (Lost)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln (3rd Rock from the Sun)

Gloria Reuben as Elizabeth Keckley (E.R.)

Lee Pace as Fernando Wood (Pushing Daisies)

Walton Goggins as Wells A. Hutchins (Justified)

David Costabile as James Ashley (Breaking Bad)

Michael Stuhlbarg as George Yeaman (Boardwalk Empire)

Boris McGiver as Alexander Coffroth (House of Cards)

James Spader as William N. Bilbo (Boston Legal)

John Hawkes as Robert Latham (Eastbound & Down)

S. Epatha Merkerson as Lydia Smith (Law & Order)

Jackie Earle Haley as Alexander H. Stephens (Human Target)

Gregory Itzin as John Archibald Campbell (24)

Jared Harris as Ulysses S. Grant (Mad Men)

Lukas Haas as First White Soldier (Touch)

Dane DeHaan as Second White Soldier (In Treatment)

Adam Driver as Samuel Beckwith (Girls)

Bryan Cranston as Jack O'Donnell (Breaking Bad)

John Goodman as John Chambers (Roseanne)

Tate Donovan as Robert Anders (The O.C.)

Clea DuVall as Cora Lijek (Carnivàle)

Kerry Bishé as Kathy Stafford (Scrubs)

Victor Garber as Ken Taylor (Alias)

Kyle Chandler as Hamilton Jordan (Friday Night Lights)

Chris Messina as Malinov (The Mindy Project)

Titus Welliver as Jon Bates (Lost)

Tom Lenk as Rodd (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Christopher Stanley as Tom Ahern (Mad Men)

Jason Clarke as Dan (Brotherhood)

Jennifer Ehle as Jessica (A Gifted Man)

Kyle Chandler as Joseph Bradley (Friday Night Lights)

Chris Pratt as Justin (Parks and Recreation)

Taylor Kinney as Jared (Chicago Fire)

Mark Duplass as Steve (The League)

Stephen Dillane as National Security Advisor (Game of Thrones)

Harold Perrineau as Jack (Lost)

James Gandolfini as CIA Director (The Sopranos)

Mark Valley as C-130 Pilot (Fringe)

Christopher Stanley as Tom Ahern (Mad Men)

John Barrowman as Jeremy (Torchwood)

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