As America gets ready to tune-in to the 84th Annual Academy Awards, Ask.com rolled out its red carpet predictions for the night’s winners and losers. As the number one online brand for questions and answers, Ask is in a unique position to predict big screen stars’ wins – and some surprises – based on questions asked by more than 100 million users.
“Speculation around this year’s Oscars has reached a fever pitch, from the buzz around red carpet fashion to predictions about who will take those golden trophies home,” said Valerie Combs, Ask.com’s celebrity and trend expert. “We looked to Ask users’ top questions on nominated films and notable actors to cast our ballot for the night’s big winners and a few misses, too.”
The question is, do you agree with these predictions?
The envelope, please…
George Clooney nabs his second career Oscar as Best Actor.
Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney is always a hot topic in the Ask Q&A community, but users are avidly searching and discussing if his leading role in “The Descendants” will further cement his star status. Ask sentiment suggests he’ll go home with the hardware.
Viola Davis edges out Meryl Streep to win her first Best Actress Academy Award.
Meryl Streep tops the list of nominated actresses searched for on Ask, but Viola Davis comes a close second, with a major spike in questions about Davis since she earned the nod for her portrayal of Abilene in “The Help.” Meryl may have taken the Golden Globe home this year, but our users predict Viola will be the one making room on her mantel for a golden Oscar.
The Descendants takes home top prize as Best Picture.
Ask.com originally predicted that George Clooney would take home two Academy Awards this year and our bet is that “The Descendants” will earn him both those nods. With plenty of Ask users wanting to know if they can still catch “The Descendants” in theatres, we predict the movie will earn top honors as Best Picture, giving George matching golden statues for the night.
Veteran actor Christopher Plummer will take home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Inquiring minds want to know, “Is this the year Christopher Plummer finally wins an Oscar?” Our answer is a resounding yes; 2012 is the year the 82-year-old actor, perhaps best known as Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music,” is recognized by the Academy.
Octavia Spencer earns the golden statue for Best Supporting Actress.
Co-stars Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis will have plenty to celebrate at the Oscar after-parties. Since wowing audiences in one of the year’s top blockbusters, there has been a steady flow of questions on Ask.com about the actress. People want to know where they can catch her next.
Michelle Williams leaves us speechless, winning best dressed of the night.
Michelle Williams has consistently made the best dressed list at awards shows this season, prompting users to ask questions about who styles her for events. Michelle is working with New York stylist and former Vogue editor Kate Young on her Oscar look, and it may just be her Marilyn Monroe moment.
Rooney Mara’s ensemble will be a red carpet disaster.
Rooney’s edgy look has left many Ask users questioning her sense of style. In fact, her sense of fashion has been buzzed about on Ask.com, with questions around who designed her disappointing Golden Globes look. We predict “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” actress will disappoint with yet another unflattering dress.
Charlize Theron will bring her mama as her date.
After Charlize Theron brought her mom to the Golden Globes and flaunted her single status on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Ask users want to know if her mom will make an encore appearance at the Oscars.
Woody Allen will be a no-show.
Ask users wondered why Hollywood’s veteran writer and director has been an absentee nominee for years, and Best Picture contender Woody Allen has been vocal about his disdain for the Oscars. His appearance at the 2002 ceremony to introduce a series of Nora Ephron clips was a surprise to many but he hasn’t returned since. Don’t expect 2012 to be the year that changes.
Biggest upset? Brad Pitt not going home a winner.
Brad Pitt is one of the most talked about celebs on Ask.com, with users most recently pondering why the Academy has overlooked him in years past. We’re betting this won’t be Brad’s year either, spurring an online outcry when his buddy, George Clooney beats him out for Best Actor.