SURVEY SAYS: Thoughts About “Best Picture” Nominees

The nominations for the Oscars were announced January 14.

Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “Which “Best Picture” nominees have you seen, which do you think should win, and what movies do you think should have made the list?”

More than two-fifths of responding readers reported that they have seen none of the Best Picture nominees. The nominee that was most viewed by NewsDash readers (35.4%) was “The Martian.” This was followed by “Bridge of Spies” (20.8%) and “The Big Short” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” (16.7% each).

“The Revenant” was seen by 14.6% of responding readers and “Brooklyn” and “Spotlight” were each seen by 12.5% of respondents. Only 2.1% of respondents viewed “Room.”

Asked which Best Picture nominee they thought should win the Oscar, “The Revenant” won out, with 31.6% of votes. Twenty-one percent of readers indicated that none of the nominees should win. Nearly 16% voted for “The Martian;” 10.5% voted for “Spotlight;” 7.9% selected “The Big Short” and “Bridge of Spies;” 2.6% chose “Brooklyn” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.” No one said “Room” should win.

Some readers suggested other movies should have been nominated, including: “Star Wars The Force Awakens,” “Jobs,” “Spectre,” “Trumbo,” “Woman in Gold,” “Ex Machina,” “Love and Mercy,” and “13 Hours.”

From those who chose to leave comments, it seems not many pay attention to movies, much less awards for movies. There were strong differences in feelings about “The Revenant.” Some commented about the awards process and a couple reminisced about the “good old days” for movies and movie theaters. Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said: “I haven’t seen any of them! I guess I’m living under a rock!!!”

Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey!


If “Avatar” could win, why couldn't “Star Wars?”

I'm getting to be like my folks. They quit going to the movies when the price of a ticket hit an ungawdly amount of $3.00 and popcorn a $1.50. I quit going when the industry started remaking their movies, comic books and green screen thrillers. Gimme back the rubber suited Godzilla.

Don't have any.

I haven't seen any of them! I guess I'm living under a rock!!!     

This is a tough choice. “Spotlight” and “Bridge of Spies” are also worthy.

I haven't seen a movie in a theater since "Elf."

I've only seen “The Martian” so far. It's pretty good but I don't know that it should win best picture.

I really don't pay much attention.

Why do we need the Oscars anymore? With movies so prevalent and easy to watch (legally or illegally), I am seeing less and less value in having a body of people tell us which is best. I think we have evolved sufficiently to know which movies each of us like best.

I don't think I have been to the theater in over a year. None of these movies interest me. I have been spending my "viewing" time catching up on classic films from the late 20's, 30's and 40's. I just love the stories in many of these old films and they are not cluttered up with crazy special effects.

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Who cares about the Oscars being "too white"? I find the BET Awards "too black".

The Academy gets it wrong and has gotten wrong for forever. There should be separate best picture awards for dramas and comedies.

“The Revenant” sucks. It was like a sandwich with action bread and a big thick piece of boring in the middle. It was so bad I wished on numerous occasions he would die and I could go home.

It's the Year of the Leo.

Self-important (mostly wealthy) people patting themselves on the back. Why is this news?

Hollywood awards are overrated.

I expect that there is a more worth "Best Picture" than “The Martian” but I enjoyed it and it was the only one nominated I saw.

I don't see many movies these days. I object to spending my hard earned money to watch a movie about dysfunctional people or organizations. I can do that for free at home.

I didn't even realize that there had been nominations for the Oscars with the start of year-end processing.


NOTE: Responses reflect the opinions of individual readers and not necessarily the stance of Asset International or its affiliates.