With the 2019 awards race in full swing, a new survey reveals 80 per cent of Americans can’t name last year’s Best Picture winner at the Oscars.
The big winner at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony was none other than the Toronto-filmed fantasy “The Shape Of Water”. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, the film took home four Oscars, including Best Director. Only 20 per cent of adults surveyed by the Hollywood Reporter could correctly recall the Best Picture winner.
But it’s not just last year’s big winner that people had a hard time recalling.
The Oscars Best Picture mixup between “La La land” and “Moonlight” seemingly threw people for a loop, with 20 per cent identifying the Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone musical as the Best Picture winner. Only 12 per cent of respondents were able to correctly identify Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” as the year’s Best Picture winner.
Not being able to identify the Oscars’ Best Picture winner is something of a trend.
The survey went as far back as 2014 and found that respondents weren’t able to name most years’ winners.
More than 13 per cent of people incorrectly said “The Revenant” won Best Picture over journalism drama “Spotlight” in 2015, and another 11 per cent picked “American Sniper” as the Best Picture winner over the actual winner, “Birdman”.
The majority of people surveyed were able to correctly identify “12 Years A Slave” as the 2014 Best Picture winner.
The survey results come as viewership of the telecast has been on the decline in recent years, from 43.7 million watching Ellen DeGeneres host in 2014 to only 26.5 million viewers last year when Jimmy Kimmel hosted.
This year’s Academy Awards will air on February 24.