No One Has Seen Any Of The Best Picture Nominees, Apparently

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According to a new poll, our favorite way to assess WTF is really going on in our society, most Americans haven't actually seen the films nominated for Best Picture at this year's Oscars. But don't worry! That won't stop them from having opinions about which one should win.

The Reuters/Ipsos asked 1,433 red-blooded, true American patriots all with bald eagles tattooed prominently on their bodies if they had actually seen any of the nominees (plus two others from different categories). Turns out, they mostly hadn't:

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.


So who cares if people haven't seen the films! That has no bearing on which film they think deserves to win. Come on, this is America we are talking about. How dare you ask me to form an opinion based in actual facts or research or whether or not I got around to seeing Her.

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.

Sandra Bullock also fared pretty well in the poll—24 percent of those responding think she should win Best Actress. Take that, Judi Dench! And while you're busy trying to figure out if you should put your money on Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave or Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club, 15 percent of the people who took this poll say NOPE—it's all about Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street.

For the director's trophy, there also seems to be a clear favorite amongst people who've probably never actually seen any of these directors' works:

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.


The Oscars are almost upon us; the big night (when hopefully the people voting for this prestigious award will have seen these all these films) is March 2.

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That's because the Oscars are an industry pissing contest. If this was about movies people loved in 2013, Pacific Rim would have been FUCKING NOMINATED FOR SOMETHING.