by Jennifer Lawrence | January 24, 2015 3:18 pm
It would be a Landslide! If ordinary Americans voted for the Academy Awards, American Sniper would win Best Picture by a landslide, the annual Oscars poll has revealed.
If ordinary Americans voted for the Academy Awards, American Sniper would win Best Picture by a landslide, the annual Oscars poll has revealed.
Clint Eastwood’s movie starring Bradley Cooper as the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was cited by 22 per cent of respondents as the movie that should win the top Oscar among the eight nominees.
The Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma was the second most popular choice with 8 per cent.
According to the online survey run by Reuters and Ipsos from January 16-23, Boyhood, the coming-of-age story filmed over 12 years with the same actors, was third in the survey with 4 per cent.
Nearly half, or 48 per cent, said they were unsure which film should win best picture.
Both American Sniper and Selma have been the subject of controversy in recent weeks.
The Eastwood-directed film, currently No 1 at the North American box office, has become a flashpoint of debate between liberals and conservatives over the morality of war and the role of snipers.
Selma drew criticism from some historians for what they said was a misleading portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s role in the fight for voting rights for blacks.
It was also at the center of the upheaval over the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations announced last week, which excluded the film’s African-American female director and lead actor.
The survey revealed, however, that many people have not seen the year’s top films and Oscar contenders.
The film seen most by those surveyed was Gone Girl, the film adaptation of the best-selling thriller that did not receive a best picture nomination. Twelve per cent have seen that film.
American Sniper and musical Into the Woods, were the second most seen at 9 per cent each.
The two films that lead all Academy Awards nominees with nine nods a piece, the whimsical caper The Grand Budapest Hotel and the dark satire Birdman, have been seen by 8 per cent and 4 per cent, respectively.
A full 65 per cent of respondents had not seen any of the 15 films cited in the survey.
The Oscars, to be presented at a ceremony on February 22, will be voted on by the 6,100 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll surveyed 2,385 Americans online and has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.
If there is one thing that American hold dear, it’s their love and admiration for the military. Their sacrifice everyday and ones that have made the ultimate sacrifice, is what keeps our country safe and free. We would be no where with out the brave men and women of the US military. We should be thanking them not vilifying them as Michael Moore tried to do.
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