updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET
•originally published 02/28/2014 AT 8:50 AM ET
Just as horse racing has its Triple Crown, red-carpet season has its own impressive awards haul that only the boldest of films aspire to win: the “Big Five” at the Oscars.
Taking home a trophy in the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay categories is considered a “sweep” at the Academy Awards, and this year’s contest has American Hustle vying for the honor.
In the 86-year history of the awards, 42 films have been nominated across the big five categories, with only three ever pulling off the sweep: 1934’s It Happened One Night, 1975’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs.
Up until this point, American Hustle has been nearly universally acclaimed, but its chances of leaving Hollywood’s Dolby Theater as the winningest film of the night are still up for debate. Below, we break down the odds by category.
Coming off of a best film (comedy or musical) win at the Golden Globes and a best ensemble win at the SAG Awards, Hustle’s chances for a Best Picture statue look solid, with its strongest competition likely to come from 12 Years a Slave. Of the 42 films nominated across the “Big Five” categories, 15 have gone on to win the evening’s top prize, including Million Dollar Baby in 2005 and American Beauty in 2000.