What IMDb Users Have To Say on Oscar Candidates

What has the Internet audience got to say about the choices of the Academy Awards Committee? Read on for our findings and for tips on how to create your own data journalism stories.



Oscar Movies Scoring Poorly on IMDb

The average rating of Oscar nominated works on IMDb is 7.1 out of 10.  The public seems to appreciate Oscar movies as much as the Academy Committee. You might be surprised to know that there are movies scoring 4 or 5 out of 10. Here's a list of winning movies that score less than five on IMDb (with a minimum of 1000 cast votes):

Movies pages with IMDb Votes over 1000 and IMDb Rating below 5.0

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If you filter the previous visualization, you can discover the lowest rated Oscar winning movies in specific categories, like Best Pictures (it's Cimarron, Cavlcade and Doctor Dolittle). Or you can sort the table by clicking on the headings and see the top ten movies with the highest IMDb rating.

Best Picture Winners Aren't Always Best Pictures for IMDb

IMDb audiences have assigned an average of 7.9 to the movies that have won Best Picture Award. The lowest ratings tend to go to older movies from the 20's and 30's. If we look only at movies of the last 25 years, then the lowest scoring Best Pictures are The Tree of Life (2011), The Price of Tides (1991), Bugsy (1991) and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011).

IMDb Rating of Movies released after 1989

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Interestingly, some Best Picture candidates actually got better scores on IMDb than the winners. Here are the 24 Best Picture Nominees scoring an amazing rating (higher than 8.5) that failed to win a Best Picture statuette:

Imdb rating of Movies with zero Oscar wins

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