Social media allows audiences to have their say on the biggest event in the awards calendar. The 2018 social media highlights included Jordan Peele winning Best Screenplay for 'Get Out', and Kobe Brtant winning an Oscar for 'Dear Basketball'. But it was the 86th ceremony that hosted one of Twitter’s most popular moments of the awards, when Ellen DeGeneres gathered some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Kevin Spacey for what is now known as the ‘selfie that broke Twitter’, when it generated 254,644 tweets per minute during the show.
As history shows, opinions cast by Academy voters are rarely a reflection of the box office results for the best picture nominations. Domestic box office revenues reveal that the best picture winner, “The Shape of Water”, only came fourth in the ranking. On the other hand, “Dunkirk”, the nominee that had the most domestic box office success, received no awards in acting or directing, but did go home with three awards in the sound and editing departments.
Ultimately, whether audiences agree or not, the Academy voters have the only say on who gets to take home the coveted statuette. For actors and actresses, Katharine Hepburn still reigns supreme with the most acting awards in the Awards’ history, with 4 statuettes to her name from the years 1932, 1967, 1968 and 1981. However, this may not be a title which lasts long as other popular names such as Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, and Daniel Day Lewis have a chance to equal or even surpass Hepburn in the future as they all currently have three awards each. The latter was nominated in 2018 for his performance in 'Phantom Thread', but he went home empty-handed as he lost out to Gary Oldman, who won for his portrayal of Sir Winston Churchill in 'Darkest Hour'.
Of course, getting to take home the biggest award in acting isn’t the only honor on offer, as the trend for naming babies after winning actors and actresses reveals. After Benicio del Toro won best actor for his role in the 2000 film “Traffic”, the name Benicio increased by 1,971 percent in the United States, with other popular winning names including Denzel, Gwyneth, and Meryl.