|Singles only, please.|
Of the 505 films nominated for Best Picture, only 17 have been nominated for the top prize and nothing else. These single nominations mostly occurred in years with 10 or more Best Picture nominations, but the 1931/32 lineup was the year of the single Best Picture nominees.
In that year, 4 of the 8 Best Picture nominees were single ones. The films were Five Star Final, Grand Hotel (pictured above), One Hour with You, and The Smiling Lieutenant. (Of course, Grand Hotel actually made its own history by winning Best Picture, becoming the only film to sweep by winning only Best Picture.) This is the most single Best Picture nominees in one year ever, and it's also the largest percentage of them. Not bad for the Academy's fifth ceremony.