When you’re coming through those movie ads to decide what you want to see, remember most Best Picture winners turn up in October, November or December. That means you might not have seen the year’s best.

In the last two decades, four Oscar winners came from December, five from November and three from October.

That’s pretty strong proof studios wait until “prestige” season to release their best film.

Last year, if “La La Land” had actually won Best Picture, it would have given December one more notch on its belt. “Moonlight,” the actual winner, added to October’s take.

What Best Picture winners were released in October, November and December in the last 17 years?

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ARGO

Alan Arkin plots with Ben Affleck to create a fake film in "Argo," a Best Picture winner.

OCTOBER

“The Departed” (2006); “Argo” (2012), “Moonlight” (2016).

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The Kings Speech

"The King's Speech."

NOVEMBER

“No Country for Old Men” (2007); “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008); “The King’s Speech” (2010); “The Artist” (2011); “Spotlight” (2015)

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Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King

Elijah Wood plays Frodo in "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." The third installment in the trilogy won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

DECEMBER

“A Beautiful Mind” (2001); “Chicago” (2002); “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” (2003); “Million Dollar Baby” (2004)

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