A variety of films took home the gold last night in an Oscars ceremony that was happy to spread the love, led by four wins for Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and three statues each for Alfonso Cuarón’s autobiographical “Roma,” Marvel’s epic superhero film “Black Panther” and road-trip movie and eventual best picture winner “Green Book.”
In the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards, we were curious to see if our clients and employees were as movie-savvy as they are tech-savvy, so we quickly set up a TurningPoint online survey and promoted it to all of our followers on social media and to our co-workers here in the office.
The results? According to our survey, if we chose the winners, the picks would have been different in almost every major category.
It’s a tie! Most of our respondents chose either “Black Panther” or “A Star is Born” to win the biggest prize of night. Actual best picture winner “Green Book” didn’t do nearly as well, coming in fifth and garnering only 6.52 percent of the vote.
Spike Lee would have heard his name called as best director for “BlaKkKlansman” if the Academy had voted the same way as our respondents, but Alfonso Cuarón won instead for the deeply personal “Roma.” Lee was still a winner last night, however, garnering his first competitive Oscar win for best adapted screenplay.
This is the one category where our poll respondents and the Academy agreed, with favorite Rami Malek easily winning both our survey and the coveted Oscar for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
Lady Gaga dominated our poll, with her “A Star is Born” acting debut garnering more than 50 percent of the votes. However, the Academy saw things differently, and awarded the gold to Olivia Coleman for her standout performance as Queen Anne in “The Favourite.” Coleman came in second place in our poll, tied with Glenn Close.
This category saw similar results, with our number two finisher, Mahershala Ali, winning a second Oscar for his depiction of musician Don Shirley in “Green Book,” while your top pick, Sam Elliott, went home empty-handed.
According to our survey, Emma Stone should have won another Oscar for her work as the cunning Abigail Masham in “The Favourite.” Instead, Regina King was victorious thanks to her brilliant turn in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”