The Academy Awards are more than a month away, and the nominations won’t be known until January 23, but anticipation for the event is growing. This year’s ceremony, which will be held on March 4, is certain to be infused with activism from the #MeToo movement as well as jibes aimed at the nation’s Commander In Chief.
Politics aside, there is a good chance the nominees in the acting categories this year will include some of the most popular Oscar winners ever.
As the Academy Awards ceremony nears, 24/7 Wall St. has created an index of the most popular Oscar winners of all time based on several metrics. These measures include each actor’s IMDb ranking, internet popularity, and appeal of their work – combined in order to determine which of this year’s nominated actors are the most popular among the fans.
Apart from actors and actresses, the list of the most popular Oscar winners of all time includes directors and one rap artist. As expected, Hollywood heavyweights Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Morgan Freeman make the list, which also includes venerable performers such as Meryl Streep and Sean Connery as well as rising stars like Emma Stone.
Popularity based on Wikipedia page views, one of the gauges used to create the list, does not always boost an actor’s ranking, nor is it always positive. Disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein would have made the list if it were for the number of page views on Wikipedia.
Negative attention has been directed at other motion picture industry figures on the list. Those people include Mel Gibson, whose otherwise storied movie career was tainted by racist and anti-Semitic remarks, and Clint Eastwood, who ran afoul with the Hollywood community after his speech criticizing the Obama administration at the 2012 Republican National Convention.