February 24, 2014 at 9:24 am #142836
LOS ANGELES, Feb 23 (Reuters) – It may be one of the best years in
recent memory for high-quality Hollywood film, but two-thirds of
Americans have yet to see any of the movies nominated for the best
picture Oscar, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday.
Among other questions, the poll asked 1,433 Americans whether they had
seen any of the nine best-picture nominees, plus two other films
competing in other categories. The Academy Awards will be hosted by
comedian Ellen DeGeneres on March 2.
Among those who responded to the online survey, Somali piracy thriller
“Captain Phillips” was the most-watched film, at 15 percent. But 67
percent said they had yet to see any of the eleven films in the poll.
The outer-space drama “Gravity” was second with 14 percent, while crime
caper “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Martin Scorsese’s
portrait of 1990s greed and excess, each had been seen by 12 percent of
those surveyed. The numbers include those surveyed who may have seen
more than one of the nominees. The survey found that 60 percent of
respondents were unsure about which film should win best picture.
Slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” had the most support at 9 percent.
“Gravity” and “Captain Phillips” drew 8 percent of the vote each and
“The Wolf of Wall Street” took in 7 percent, according to the survey
conducted from February 17-21.
Hollywood awards season watchers have tipped “12 Years a Slave” and
“Gravity” as the favorites to take home the film world’s highest honor.
Among those surveyed, previous best-actress Oscar winner Sandra Bullock
is the favorite in that category again for her role as an astronaut in
“Gravity,” with 24 percent saying she will take home the prize. Amy
Adams garnered 11 percent support for her portrayal of a 1970s con
artist in “American Hustle.” Leonardo DiCaprio’s depiction of disgraced
stock trader Jordan Belfort in “The Wolf of Wall Street” should earn
him his long-awaited best-actor Oscar in his third try for the prize,
according to 17 percent of those surveyed. Some 11 percent favored
“Dallas Buyers Club” star Matthew McConaughey to win the award.
Steve McQueen, the director of “12 Years a Slave,” had the most support
at 14 percent to win best director, and Scorsese finished second with 11
percent. If McQueen wins, he would be the first black director to do
so. Alfonso Cuaron, who has won nearly all of the directing awards this
season for “Gravity” and is the pundits’ favorite to win the Oscar, was
third with 7 percent.
Fifty-two percent said they were unsure who should win the best actor and best actress awards.
The precision of Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a
credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval
of plus or minus 3 percentage points.February 24, 2014 at 9:30 am #142838
A majority of Americans haven’t seen any 2013 films, including your fanboy favorites.
80% of Americans haven’t seen Catching Fire.
2/3s of Americans didn’t see the Super Bowl either.
Your point is what exactly?February 24, 2014 at 9:30 am #142839
Sandra Bullock and McQueen winning would be welcome upsets 🙂 (even though Blancett gave an infinately better performance) Never gonna happen though.February 24, 2014 at 9:32 am #142840
100 million out of 300 million is still 100 freakin million. Not bad.February 24, 2014 at 9:32 am #142841
McQueen has at least a 25% chance of winning. If 12 Yrs wins BP, at least a 50% chance he will win.February 24, 2014 at 6:32 pm #142842
Nothing, except that it shows those who were surveyed don’t think any of the BP nominees are worth going to the theater to watch.February 24, 2014 at 6:34 pm #142843
And many of them will watch them on other formats, encouraged by the publicity to watch them. And many of them will think well of the Academy for recognizing them.February 25, 2014 at 8:18 pm #142844
And it’s also because most Americans are even too lazy to actually go to the theaters. Nowadays, as SF said, they’ll watch it on some other format, download it from the internet, or buy it from a piracy guy that they know. It’s no secret that not nearly as many people go to the theaters nowadays as people did 10…hell even 5… years ago.
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