On March 2, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will crown the Best Picture of 2013. There are nine contenders, with varying degrees of mainstream appeal. Will the Academy pick a movie that will cause cheers from the loyal viewers watching at home, or one that elicits eye rolls from everyone not working toward a PhD in film? That remains to be seen. But just for fun, let's imagine which of the nominees might take home the big award if it came down to a good old fashioned popular vote.
Based on CinemaScore, a service that rates a film's appeal with theater audiences, and Rotten Tomatoes' audience voters, which film would have the best odds of winning the popular vote? Click on to see!
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'Dallas Buyers Club'
Was it the gripping story of a man with AIDS or the novelty of seeing Matthew McConaughey in a potentially Oscar-winning role that reeled audiences in for Dallas Buyers Club? If we’re being honest, it was probably the latter. But no matter what drew audiences in for DBC, they walked out loving it. The movie has a 92 percent fresh rating from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes.
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'12 Years a Slave'
With an A from CinemaScore and a 92 percent fresh rating from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes, 12 Years a Slave is a frontrunner in both the real Oscars and our hypothetical version. Fans loved the movie almost as much as critics (who gave it a 96 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and the all-star cast and awesome story would probably be enough to lock in a win. This would be a good one to pick in your hypothetical Oscar pool.
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