Screen Time Central: An Introduction

This website is the final result of an ambitious task I undertook back in 2007. It started with me wondering just how much screen time Frances McDormand has in Fargo, and I realized that the only way to find out was to time her performance myself. I did, and from then on, I was hooked. I set out to time every Oscar-winning performance, and soon expanded the task to include every nominated performance. It took eight years to get through the winners and an additional four to finish the entire project.

Now, when I say the project is finished, I mean as finished as possible. There are five pesky performances that I cannot time because they are from films that are either lost or currently unavailable. They are:​​

  • Emil Jannings - The Way of All Flesh (1927)

  • Betty Compson - The Barker (1928)

  • Richard Barthelmess - The Noose (1928)

  • Lewis Stone - The Patriot (1928)

  • Lawrence Tibbett - The Rogue Song (1930)


I'm proud to share (and will annually update) this complete directory of Oscar-nominated performance screen times. Check out the "Beyond the Oscars" tab for data on non-Oscar nominated performances (including some from TV). Here's hoping you find as much joy in perusing the data as I do collecting it!

- Matthew