Google is asking if search trends can predict the Oscar winners? We can't say for sure what'll happen this year, since searches can only reflect what people are interested in, but it's fun to look for patterns that persist year after year. Google created a mini-site called Oscar Search Trends to let us see who's winning the search activity race.
This year's most likely candidates for best picture--by search pattern--are The Social Network (trending upward for five weeks) followed by Black Swan and The King's Speech (each trending upward for four weeks). The Fighter, another 2011 Best Picture nominee, saw an upward trend in search volume for five weeks after its release, but highest regional interest was from Massachusetts instead of New York; no film with highest regional interest in Massachusetts has won best picture since The Departed in 2007. Perhaps Boston will take it back in 2011?
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