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Who gets an Oscar nod? Sociologists develop an algorithm for Academy Awards recognition

The Oscar nominees were announced this morning, and now Hollywood's best will vie for one of those famous figurines. But is there a recipe for Oscar success? Two sociologists from UCLA believe they have figured out the formula for receiving an Academy Award nod. They've published their findings online in the journal, American Sociological Review. Sociologist Gabriel Rossman and Oliver...

The Oscar nominees were announced this morning, and now Hollywood's best will vie for one of those famous figurines. But is there a recipe for Oscar success? Two sociologists from UCLA believe they have figured out the formula for receiving an Academy Award nod. They've published their findings online in the journal, American Sociological Review.

Sociologist Gabriel Rossman and Oliver Schilke say historical biopics about political scandals, topics such as the Holocaust, disabilities or movie history are favoured, but to really improve chances of Academy recognition, the movie should be released just before Christmas. The sociologists say anyone associated with horror, sci-fi or action films shouldn't get their Oscar hopes up.

Listen to Carol's interview with UCLA associate professor, Gabriel Rossman, from Los Angeles. Below is a video of the 2014 Oscar nominations.

 

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