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Sure, the Super Bowl was a few weeks ago, but for movie fans all over the world, the real competition will take place this Sunday. The 2017 Oscar ceremony is right around the corner, and this year's fight for Best Picture is one of the most hotly contested battles in recent memory. While members of The Academy have already cast their votes, everyday moviegoers want their voices heard as well. The results of a recent Fandango survey have finally been calculated, and it seems that average moviegoers want to see Hidden Figures go all the way this year. The survey says:
Fandango Survey Results -- Moviegoer Picks for Films & Performances that Should Take Home Oscars:
Hidden Figures 26%
La La Land 25%
Hacksaw Ridge 10%
Manchester by the Sea 5%
Hell or High Water 3%
As you can see from that Fandango survey, which polled 8,000 audience members, it appears that average moviegoers actually want to see Hidden Figures walk away with this year's Best Picture Oscar. The story of three African-American women helping send John Glenn into space has made a serious impression on audiences and narrowly edged out La La Land (widely considered a favorite to win big this year) to become the Best Picture frontrunner with 26% of the responses. Following La La Land's 25% response, the results dip significantly, as Arrival brought in third place with 13% of replies, and they tail off leading down to Lion -- which garnered only 3% of the responses.
It's hard to completely pinpoint the exact reasons why Hidden Figures came out on top in this survey, but I think there are a couple of reasons. For starters, Hidden Figures is a much more light-hearted movie compared to others on this list. Yes, it focuses on segregation and the racial divide in America, but it's ultimately very optimistic in the way in which it tackles those issues. By contrast, most of the other nominated movies this year (with the notable exception of La La Land) are generally darker in tone and focus on heavier subject matters.
Building upon that idea, I think it's worth acknowledging the fact that Hidden Figures will likely maintain quite a bit of staying power with audiences over time. The film's themes of race relations and civil rights progress echo issues that resonate with modern audiences, and it doesn't seem likely that these matters are going away anytime soon. Of all the movies present on this list, Hidden Figures seems like one that will be taught in schools for years to come, and that makes it a strong contender for this honor.
Of course, it's only a matter of time until we finally see which of these films will walk away with the Best Picture Oscar. The Academy Awards will air this Sunday night, February 26, at 8:30 p.m. EST.