Google it, Oscar

For the past three years, the Best Picture winners have all shown a noticeable spike in Google searches for the few weeks preceding the Oscars, with especially high interest in the New York region. If this pattern holds true, The Social Network is most likely to walk away with the Oscar for Best Picture.

Niv Efron, of Google’s Insights for Search, said, “We can’t say for sure what will happen this year, since searches can only reflect what people are interested in, but it’s fun to look for patterns.”

With Google’s Oscar Search Trends, which provides data for every nominee, you can make your own predictions in every category. Using this technology in the past, Google has successfully predicted flu outbreaks and even economic forecasts, so perhaps the folks at Googleplex are onto something…

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Posted by Cheryl

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