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Weekend Chatter: Does an Oscar Nomination Influence Your Decision to See a Movie?

Posted by Sean Oconnell on January 11, 2013


Have you ever heard of the Oscar “bump” before? 
 
Movies that receive multiple Oscar nominations often benefit at the box office, where casual viewers decide to check out a film that has been recognized by the Academy. Case in point, David O. Russell’s fantastic ensemble comedy Silver Linings Playbook saw a 127% increase in daily ticket sales on Fandango after Thursday’s Oscar nominations. The film garnered 8 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and nods in all four acting categories.
 
Does this tactic work on you? Are you more willing to go see a movie that has been out for several weeks just because it scored multiple nominations? 
 
Most of the films in this year’s Best Picture race already have performed well at the box office. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads the nine-film pack with $146 million in domestic tickets sold, while Django Unchained, Argo and Les Miserables all have crossed the $100M mark and continue to climb. 
 
But movies like Amour ($381,276), Zero Dark Thirty ($5.4M) and Beasts of the Southern Wild ($11.2M) can only benefit from Oscar nominations … if you think that kind of thing helps. Tell us below: Does an Oscar nomination influence your decision to go see a certain movie?
 
Don’t forget, in a few hours, director David O. Russell and the cast of Silver Linings Playbook are participating in a live Q&A tonight hosted by Fandango's chief correspondent Dave Karger. Fandango will host the live stream of the Q&A tonight at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT at http://www.fandango.com/promo/silverliningsplaybook.
 
Fans can tune-in for the live chat tonight with nominees Bradley Cooper (Best Actor), Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress), Jacki Weaver (Best Supporting Actress) and Robert De Niro (Best Supporting Actor), plus co-stars Chris Tucker, Paul Herman and Dash Mihok, and Academy Award-nominated director David O. Russell. Fans will be able to click to buy tickets directly from the Live Stream page.
 
And go see a Best Picture nominee this weekend. Hollywood’s best have been recognized. Check them out!

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Comment from: Ray Schaffer
No because its a joke. The movie Lincoln and Les Miserables are not that good Lincoln is a movie they would show in school when you were a kid and it would put you to sleep. The movie Argo was the best I have seen this year every one at the movie applauded at the end it was that good. thats what I go by not the politics of Hollywood. Lincoln dull. I was born on 2/12. The old lincoln movies were better and Les Miserables people walked out half way through the movie. So who"s kidding who. Pat all your buddies on the back. Do you people really watch the movies you vote on.
01 - 13 - 2013
Comment from: Jeanne King
Foreign Press aren't enamored of American history stories and neither are most movie goers, so I agree that Argo was the best of the best and shame on the Oscars people for not including it.
01 - 18 - 2013

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