POLL: Americans love Rami Malek's Oscar win, but young people hate that 'Green Book' won best picture

  • INSIDER ran a SurveyMonkey Audience poll after the Oscars to find out how satisfied people were with the winners.
  • Rami Malek was the most broadly approved win, with 49% satisfied with his best actor Oscar win and only 12% dissatisfied.
  • “Green Book” was the most controversial, with 21% of people displeased with its best picture win, a number that jumped to 31% among young people.

Sunday’s Academy Awards were rife with upsets, including the surprise victory of “Green Book” over Alfonso Cuarón’s widely lauded feature “Roma.” The moment the ceremonies ended, INSIDER sent out a SurveyMonkey Audience poll that asked people about their thoughts on the winners.

And as it turns out “Green Book” really was as controversial as you’ve heard.

We asked about the best picture and acting categories to find out how satisfied people were with the decision of the Academy. For instance, in the top prize, we asked the question: “Green Book” won the Academy Award for best picture, beating “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born,” and “Vice.” How do you feel about the Academy’s choice?”

Then, respondents answered on a scale from “very satisfied” to “very dissatisfied.”

Green book universalUnviersal‘Green Book’ was a controversial pick for best picture.


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The most well-liked pick was, unquestionably, Rami Malek’s best actor win for his turn as Freddie Mercury in the box office smash hit “Bohemian Rhapsody.”Respondents loved this win, with 27% saying they were satisfied with it and 22% saying they were very satisfied. Only 12% didn’t care for it, with the other 39% were in the middle or without an opinion.

People were also very happy with Regina King’s win for best supporting actress in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” with 37% of respondents reporting satisfaction with the win, compared to 51% who were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied and 12% unhappy about it.Mahershala Ali, who won best supporting actor for “Green Book,” had similar numbers, with 35% satisfied, 12% dissatisfied and 53% neither.

If there was a controversial acting pick, it was in best actress, where Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) beat out industry icon Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and the star of the season, Lady Gaga (“A Star is Born”), to win the Oscar. Colman’s win left 28% of respondents satisfied and 18% unhappy. I’m going to guess we have a few Glenn Close fans in the respondent pool and maybe a few Little Monsters.

Glenn close oscars 2019Steve Granitz/WireImageGlenn Close has yet to win an Oscar.


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Still, it’s “Green Book” winning best picture that has some Oscar fans fuming, and you can see the controversy in the results. The film had the highest dissatisfaction ratings among respondents: just over 21% of survey takers were displeased with the pick; 30% described themselves as satisfied.

Younger respondents were more likely to be unhappy with “Green Book’s” win. A full 32% of respondents aged 18 to 29 were dissatisfied with its win – compared to 19% of those aged 30 to 44, 17% of those aged 45 to 59, and just 15 per cent of those aged 60 and up. Indeed, the 18 to 29 demographic is the only one in the entire set with a net negative opinion on its win, with 26% satisfied with it for a net satisfaction of -6.

Despite attempts to bring a younger audience into the Oscars fold, the Academy seems to have picked a movie that young people really didn’t think was a winner.

  • SurveyMonkey Audience polls from a national sample balanced by census data of age and gender. Respondents are incentivized to complete surveys through charitable contributions. Generally speaking, digital polling tends to skew toward people with access to the internet. SurveyMonkey Audience doesn’t try to weight its sample based on race or income. Total 1,055 respondents collected Feb. 24-25, 2019, a margin of error plus or minus 3.14 percentage points with a 95% confidence level.

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