Design firm Polygraph and Google News Lab have created a series of data visualizations mapping where Oscar-nominated films are most popular in the United States. The maps show color-coded hotspots of a movie’s popularity compared to the national average, as indicated by the number of YouTube trailer views a movie received during its opening week. The maps show that many movies fall into one of three regional trends of popularity: East Coast, which includes “La La Land” and “Moonlight”; bi-coastal, which includes “Jackie” and “Manchester by the Sea”; and Midwest, which includes “Hell or High Water” and “Hacksaw Ridge.”
Mapping the Popularity of Oscar Nominees
Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.