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January 27, 2015 at 3:59 pm #176118
This isn’t merely a sound rejection of the Academy’s 2014 choices in every major category; this is pretty much a drive-by gangbang. These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters
from January 16-23. For the survey, a sample of 2,385 Americans
18 and older were interviewed online. Margin of error is +/- 2.3%
Q1. Which of the following movies have
Gone Girl 12%
Into the Woods 9%
American Sniper 9%
The Grand Budapest Hotel 8%
The Judge 6%
The Theory of Everything 4%
The Imitation Game 4%
Two Days, One Night 2%
Still Alice 2%
None of these 65%
Q2. Which of the following Oscar-nommed films should win Best
American Sniper 22%
The Grand Budapest Hotel 3%
The Theory of Everything 3%
The Imitation Game 2%
None of these 6% (outdraws 6 of the 8 BP nominees)
Q3. Which of these nominees should win
Richard Linklater (Boyhood) 8%
Alejandro Inarritu (Birdman) 7%
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher) 4%
Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) 4%
Q4. Which of these nominees should win Best Actress?
Reese Witherspoon (Wild) 15%
Julianne Moore (Still Alice) 10%
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) 9%
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) 5%
Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night) 2%
Q5. Which of these nominees should win Best Actor?
Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) 26%
Michael Keaton (Birdman) 12%
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) 5%
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) 4%
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) 4%
Q6 and 7 were about Oscar hosting.
Q8. Will you watch the Oscars?
Question 9 was “Which of the following do you most enjoy about watching the Oscars?
(Select one, asked of those planning to watch the Oscars; ME: The 42%
that will watch)”
Q10. Which of the following films, if any, do you feel were snubbed
by not receiving an Oscar nomination (multi-choice OK on this
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 14%
The Lego Movie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 11% each
Interstellar, Divergent 7% each
Exodus: Gods and Kings 5%
Nightcrawler, Cake, Big Eyes, Fury 4% each
A Most Violent Year 2%
None of these 11%
Not sure 43%
Me: Confusing question, this; a few of these were nominated for at least
1 Oscar; methinks they were trying to get an opinion about Best
Picture, since none of them were chosen in the extended field.
Q11. Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following
“I am more likely to go and see or rent films that have received an
Oscar nomination.” 31% agree; 51% disagree; 18% not sure
“I am more likely to go and see or rent films that have won an Oscar.” 30% agree; 53% disagee; 18% not sureJanuary 27, 2015 at 4:02 pm #176120
That’s not devastating. That’s the norm. Most people don’t watch indies. That shouldn’t mean they get kicked to the curb for films that made money.
Imagine how awful the Academy Awards would be if it was all about blockbusters and fan voted. Oh wait. That’s the People’s Choice Awards. Thanks Academy for not doing that.January 27, 2015 at 4:13 pm #176121
You could say that, but where’s Guardians of the Galaxy in question 10? Or Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Or Maleficent?January 27, 2015 at 4:51 pm #176123
Who cares what these people think? Clearly they have bad taste in films.January 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm #176124
Fascinating … fascinating …January 27, 2015 at 5:33 pm #176125
This is awfulJanuary 27, 2015 at 6:47 pm #176126
isn’t this always the case though? i bet it still draws at least 40 million people- many just tune in because they know it’s on and they want to see the actors, etc.January 27, 2015 at 7:23 pm #176127
The only thing that caught my eye is how many people think Cooper should win. This should not be underestimated.January 27, 2015 at 7:42 pm #176128
65% having seen none of the best picture nominees is less a reflection on the films, but more about those polled. It’s clear that most of those polled are uninterested with the Oscars entirely, so I want to see the result be focused on the people who actually cared enough to see at least one of the films. If someone is only seeing three movies a year, then you will have a different opinion than those seeing all the nominees.
These people also are total sheep, because somehow 12% of them think Keaton should win Best Actor, despite only 4% of them having seen Birdman. Similarly 10% think Moore should win but only 2% have seen Still Alice. These results are ‘accurate’ but not especially reliable.January 27, 2015 at 7:45 pm #176129
These are people from middle America. Of course they want Cooper to win. He’s a movie star and in a huge box office hit.
This is true for just about every single Oscar season in the last ten years or more.January 27, 2015 at 9:45 pm #176130
How is any of this “devastating”? I mean isn’t this the case damn near EVERY year? There’s always been a divide between what the gen. public likes and what critics/award shows like. This isn’t going to change anytime soon.January 28, 2015 at 3:07 am #176132
This is kind of as expected. The films with the highest box office takings got the highest percentages on the polls, and we already know how the box office takings of this years biggest contenders are pretty low, especially compared to last year with the likes of Gravity & Captain Phillips.
They want Cooper to win, who is in the most watched BP nominee based on this survey.
They want Witherspoon to win, who is probably the biggest and most recognisable name on her list in terms of the typical person’s perception of films.
Let’s face it, the Oscars are a massive money making TV SHOW at the end of the day. People will watch either because they love films, or they want to see the biggest actresses and actors in the world and what they’re wearing. To be frank, I doubt many of these people are arsed about who wins Documentary Short or Foreign Language Film or Best Sound Mixing. If you ask people who all intend to watch the awards, then the results may differ.January 28, 2015 at 3:58 am #176133
I like that 65% of people have seen none of the films yet only 48% are unsure which should win best picture. Meaning 17% have an opinion with no information.
I’d draw the parallel with polls on climate change, scienists would overwhelmingly say it’s real whereas the public would be split down the middle. Not all opinions are equally valid.