Since the Motion Picture Association of America implemented the PG-13 rating in the mid-1980s, few Oscar nominations have been forthcoming for G- and PG-rated films in the Best Picture category.
Since 1986, few years have boasted more than one G or PG nominated film. From 1997 to 2004, there were none.
Here is a look at G- and PG-rated Best Picture nominations to date.
Editor's Note: This story originally ran in 2012 and was updated most recently in February of 2017.
The Best Picture winner featured Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in a true story set in 20th century Kenya about a Danish baroness (Streep) who participates in a love affair with a game hunter (Redford). It also garnered seven other Academy Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay and Directing (Sydney Pollack).
It didn't win, though it boasted actors such as Robert de Niro, Jeremy Irons and Liam Neeson. This film takes place in 18th century South America where a Spanish Jesuit priest (Irons) attempts to build a mission on land that was recently sold to pro-slavery Portugal and tries to defend the mission against the combined forces of Portugal and Spain.
Cher and Nicolas Cage star in the film that delves into the life of Loretta Castorini (Cher) who gets in a serious pickle when she falls in love with the brother of the man she agreed to marry. While the movie did not win, Cher won Best Actress.
There was no trophy, but the film definitely had a lot of talent in its production. Lawrence Kasdan directed and William Hurt stars as Mason Leary, a man whose personal life falls apart after the death of his second son. Leary, a travel writer, has to choose between his wife, Sarah, played by Kathleen Turner, who initiated their breakup, or Muriel Pritchett, played by Geena Davis.
Robin Williams plays professor John Keating whom the young men at school must get used to as their new English teacher. Keating challenges them to be different and "Carpe diem, seize the day." While it did not win Best Picture, it captured the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
This Best Picture winner stars Morgan Freeman as Hoke Colburn, an African-American chauffer in the 1950s, and Jessica Tandy as Daisy Werthan, an older woman who can no longer drive. The film highlights their 20-year relationship. Tandy won Best Actress and the film also won Best Adapted Screenplay.
Kevin Costner plays Ray Kinsella, who hears a voice in his corn field telling him, "If you build it, he will come." He interprets the statement to mean he should build a baseball field. The movie shows Kinsella's journey to fulfill his dream and his visions of past baseball players he meets along the way. It didn't win, but it was also nominated for Best Original Score and Best Adapted Screenplay.
There was no trophy, but it was the first animated film nominated as Best Picture. It tells the story of Belle and her father whom the Beast imprisons. Belle offers to trade herself for her father's release and in doing so discovers the enchanted castle and its many characters.
The film highlights three families representing the three social classes during 20th century England. The cast includes Emma Thompson, Anthony Hopkins and Helena Bonham Carter. In addition to Best Picture, the film had eight other Academy Award nominations, winning Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction and capturing Best Actress for Thompson.
Emma Thompson and Anthoy Hopkins star in the story of a butler (Hopkins) who loyally serves a family post-WWII. His servitude is tested when a housekeeper (Thompson) comes to work and by his master's tie to the Nazi cause. This film was nominated for seven other Academy Awards.
Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon play three astronauts who are on a lunar landing mission when things start to go horribly wrong. Directed by Ron Howard, it is based on a true story. It was also nominated for eight other Academy Awards.
The film tells the story of Babe, a pig won by farmer Hoggett and raised by sheepdogs. This unusual circumstance leads to Babe's career as a sheepherder.
The film starred Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman. Based on the novel by Jane Austen, it tells the story of two sisters and their encounters with the opposite sex. It won for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Kate Winslet makes an appearance as Sylvia Davies, a single mother who becomes good friends with author J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp). The film tells about Barrie's adventures while writing plays such as "Peter Pan" and how he bases characters off the Davies family.
Directed by George Clooney, it tells the true story of broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow during the time of Sen. Joseph McCarthy. The CBS reporter (David Strathairn) and his producer Fred Friendly (George Clooney) use their nightly newscast to bring down the man who exploited public fears about communism in the early 1950s.
"Up" is among the few animated films to be nominated for Best Picture. It tells the story of an older man, Carl Fredricksen, who attaches helium balloons to the top of his house to fulfill his lifelong dream of traveling to South America. He is joined by an unlikely guest, a Wilderness Guide named Russell, and has many adventures on the way.
The film follows the adventures of Andy's toys after they accidentally get shipped to a day-care center. The cowboy Woody, voiced by Tom Hanks, works to bring the toys back home, all the while trying to survive in the center. It won awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.
Directed by Martin Scorsese and based on the novel "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," "Hugo" follows the life of an orphan in 1930s Paris. The orphan gets involved in a mystery surrounding his late father and the only thing he has left from him is a broken automaton. "Hugo" captured five of the 11 awards it was nominated for in 2012.
"Life of Pi," directed by Ang Lee, tells the story of a 16-year-old Indian boy who finds himself lost at sea after a shipwreck with a tiger as his only companion. The film was nominated for Best Picture, but lost to "Argo." It did win in the categories of best cinematography, best visual effects, best direction and best original score, though.
Directed by Theodore Melfi, this biographical drama is based on a book by the same name about African American women mathematicians working at NASA during the Space Race. Actresses Taraij P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae and the rest of the cast will find out Sunday night if the film's a winner.