Here's a big sign the Oscars are out of touch with audiences --  the acting performances everyone's talking about probably won't win

Sony Pictures ClassicsTimothée Chalamet would be the youngest to ever win the Oscar for best actor if he had a chance of winning.
  • Twitter released a list of the most-tweeted Oscar nominees.
  • None of them are favourites to win.
  • This shows a huge discrepancy between what audiences see and what Academy voters see.

Despite a slew of more diverse voters, Academy voters still appear to be out of touch with what audiences like.

Twitter released a list of the most-tweeted Oscar nominees in 2018, and none are favourites to win. Most of them are underdogs, or complete longshots.

Here are the most tweeted 2018 acting nominees:

  1. Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out,” nominated for best actor)
  2. Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name,” nominated for best actor)
  3. Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird,” nominated for best actress)
  4. Mary J. Blige, (“Mudbound,” nominated for best supporting actress)
  5. Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya,” nominated for best actress)

None of these performers are expected to win.

Gary Oldman is the favourite for best actor for his role as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” which will be a controversial win considering he was accused of domestic abuse by his ex-wife. If he wins, the reaction will likely be negative, if Casey Affleck’s win last year for “Manchester by the Sea” is any indication.

In the best actress category, Ronan and Robbie will probably lose to favourite Frances McDormand for her work in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” a movie that’s stirred controversy for its empathetic portrayal of racist characters.

Although Blige and fellow nominee Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”) have a lot of support from fans, Allison Janney is expected to win for “I, Tonya.”

Despite admirable and important efforts to finally diversify its voters, it seems like the Academy is still a bit out of touch with popular culture when it comes to picking the winners. This year, all the expected winners are white and straight characters, although plenty of the nominees that are people of colour (Blige, Kaluuya) or portrayed gay characters (Chalamet) are just as deserving (or more) of a win.

Perhaps this is because Academy voters are in the industry, or used to be, so their perspective on what’s fresh differs from what regular audiences see. But this could also mean that despite a wider range of voters, the older, more expected votes still dominate the Oscars.

And even though some actors are frontrunners, that doesn’t mean they will win. The Academy could still surprise us!

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