Researching the most-searched terms or phrases is always a terrifying journey into our civilization’s collective moronic id. It can feel alien and strangely revealing simultaneously, such as the porn-search live scroll, or the regional map of most-searched porn terms. Obviously the Oscars aren’t nearly as revealing as that, but when 44 million people all watch the same thing, it’s interesting to get a peek into the collective stream of consciousness.
The Hollywood Reporter has published some of the most-searched terms:
Top 5 Oscar-Related Questions During the Show
1. Who presented with Matthew McConaughey?
2. Who is Jennifer Lawrence Dating?
3. When is Kerry Washington due?
4. What is Dallas Buyers Club about?
5. How many times has Leonardo DiCaprio been nominated?
Top 5 Oscar-Related Searches and Questions at Show’s End
1. Jared Leto
2. How old is Sidney Poitier?
3. Lupita Nyong’o
4. Ellen Twitter selfie
5. Pink “Somwhere Over the Rainbow”
The answers to these questions are Kim Novak, Nicholas Hoult, Soon, a straight guy that gets diagnosed with AIDs and starts smuggling in not-yet-approved AIDs drugs for fellow patients (our review), Four (the first being What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, in 1994), Jared Leto, 87, Lupita Nyong’o, This, and “did you mean ‘Pink Somewhere Over the Rainbow’?”, respectively.
I’m actually shocked that nothing was mean or perverse and only one thing was misspelled. You mean to tell me that the vast majority of the public knows the correct spelling of “McConaughey?” I mean, I do, but I type it roughly 37 times a day. Anyway, my point is that this all seems strangely mature for a system that, as comedian Matt Lieb‘s world famous “how come” game shows us, nets “How come guys get boners” for “How come g…”