The Oscars are Hollywood’s big night. Among pizza deliveries, selfies and the crashing of Twitter, the Academy handed out its coveted awards. This year’s were purportedly some of the closest races in Academy Awards history, which perhaps accounts for why there was no “big winner,” with the space thriller Gravity collecting a mere seven awards to lead the pack and Best Picture winner, 12 Years a Slave, capturing just three awards.
While the Oscars do not bring in the mythical “billion viewers” they often tout, more than 40.3 million viewers tuned in to the Awards show last year, making it the seventh highest-rated telecast of the year—the other top ten are all NFL-related—and proving audiences still love the movies.
So, what movies did Americans watch in 2013? Are Oscar winners also box office winners? How do factors like gender, age and faith affect American’s viewing patterns? And what power do movies have to influence our thoughts and actions? [read]