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Who’d Win Best Picture if Hawai‘i Moviegoers Were in Charge of Oscars?

February 24, 2019, 11:00 AM HST (Updated February 22, 2019, 11:12 AM)
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Which film would Hawai‘i moviegoers choose as “Best Picture” in this year’s Academy Awards, set to show on Oscar Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019?

This year, the Oscars take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The whole event starts at 3 p.m. HST.

Of course, if you’re interested in the dresses, the pre-event interviews and all the red carpeting, you’ll want to start watching at around 90 minutes before at around 1:30 p.m. HST.

With films like Bohemian Rhapsody, Black Panther, Blackkklansman, Greenbook, Roma, Vice, The Favourite and A Star is Born as nominees, it’s anyone’s guess who will win.

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With the help of Google Trends, the team at USDirect determined each state’s favorite best picture nominee to see if there’s a clear favorite across the nation.

Bohemian Rhapsody is the most-searched-for movie in 50% of the United States. Interestingly, thee of the four top-searched films are about musicians—Black Panther is the only exception.

Roma was Googled most in New Jersey, New York and Texas—all states with high Latinx populations.

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Five of the eight films nominated this year share themes exploring racism and segregation, and empowering people who have historically been oppressed.

Even though the majority of Green Book takes place in the South, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and the Carolinas searched the most for Black Panther.

Vice, BlacKkKlansman and The Favourite didn’t appear as most-searched in any of the states.

Black Panther is the biggest box-office hit of all the nominees, raking in more than $700 million. It’s also the first superhero movie to get a “Best Picture” nomination.

And the winner in Hawai‘i is (according to the Google search data), well, anyway the wind blows… doesn’t really matter to me…

Click here to see the pick of each state and its most Googled “Best Picture” nominee.

Debra Lordan
Debra Lordan has been a writer and website editor for Pacific Media Group since 2014. She has 39-plus years of experience in the publishing industry, serving in a variety of positions—from photographer, graphic designer and communications director to writer, editor and general manager—at scientific research centers, in book publishing, at a weekly newspaper and various magazines. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado.
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