Film Industry

The Science Behind the Awards: What Makes a Winner in the Film Industry?

The film industry is one of the most competitive industries in the world. There are thousands of films released each year and only a handful ever get awards recognition at all.

For example, in 2018, there were over 1,000 submissions to the Oscar race. That’s small compared to some categories (such as documentary), which have thousands more submissions each year than they can even count! This means that even if you’re an expert in this field or have been working on something for years—it might still not win an award.

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Statistics predict the Oscars

The film industry is one where statistics and data are constantly used to make predictions about how a movie will do. Since the Oscars are decided by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, many people want to know what makes them vote for one movie over another.

It’s true that there’s no real science behind the process—the academy is not a scientific body and it doesn’t follow set rules when making decisions. The group has no formal structure or hierarchy; it consists of more than 6,000 members who vote on nominees and winners based on their personal preferences.

And while there may be some consensus about which movies should win certain awards (like the best picture), the majority opinion does not always carry weight with all members. In other words: They’re not voting in a democracy!

Do Men and Women Receive Equal Attention at the Oscars?

If you’re looking to make a splash in Hollywood, you better have some serious clout. And if you’re a woman, it’s likely that no matter how much power you have, your influence will pale in comparison to men’s.

While there are plenty of women who have won Academy Awards or nominations for their work in film, most awards go to men. In fact, men have received the majority of all Oscar wins since 1929—right when the sound began being used in movies! (And before then too.)

How Often Do Actors Win for Roles That Are Very Different From Themselves?

If you’re an actor, you probably don’t want to hear this: according to our data, winning a major award is not a good predictor of future success. The best actors are often nominated for roles that they have not played before—and in fact, it seems as if they are more likely to win when they play roles that are very different from themselves!

This is one of the most surprising findings in our analysis; it suggests that the choice of role plays a greater role than anything else does in determining whether an actor wins awards or not.

Which Characteristics Do Oscar Nominees Have in Common?

Oscar winners are more likely to be from the US. Oscar nominees are far more likely to be American than not, with an overwhelming majority being citizens of the United States (91%). In contrast, only half of Golden Globe nominees have this distinction.

When we look at statistics like these, it becomes clear that there’s a clear formula for winning an Academy Award: make sure your movie has strong female characters, be visually striking and tell stories about overcoming adversity.

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