Only members of the Academy can determine Oscar winners, but if tweets were votes, “Selma” would take best picture. That’s going by the numbers crunched by Twitter, which analyzed discussions surrounding contenders in select categories since Jan. 15, when the nominations were unveiled.
While “American Sniper” was the most-discussed film on the best-picture slate, Twitter looked further at the context of the conversations, zeroing in on Academy Awards-related messages. By that measure, “Selma” was the front-runner.
In the acting categories, Julianne Moore has been picking up prizes all season for her performance in “Still Alice,” and Twitter found that its users were in agreement with that choice. But after that they departed from conventional wisdom: based on the service’s analysis, the tweeting contingent wants Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”) to get best actor, and Meryl Streep (“Into the Woods”) and Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher) to win in the supporting categories.
Twitter also took a state-by-state look at the popularity of Oscar-nominated films among its users and found “Selma” support biggest in, yes, Alabama.