Winner Predictions for The 94th Academy Awards: Who Will Take Home Oscars According to Publisher Partner Pageviews

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On March 27th 2022, The 94th Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, will be taking place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. But for most viewers, it will be held on their TV screen in their living room. With Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes as hosts for the evening, we’re certain this star-studded party will be glamorous, hilarious, and downright entertaining.

Over a 90-day period, we tracked our publisher network’s total pageviews for the Oscar nominees who are being recognized for their accomplishments in the film industry. From our pageview data, which we pulled on February 8th, 2022, the same day the Oscar nominees were announced, we’ve predicted which stars are going to take home an Oscar award. In total, there have been 4,277,950 pageviews for the term “Oscar,” which goes to show how much viewers are looking forward to this night.

If a nominee has N/A next to their name in the data, this is because we haven’t seen a sufficient amount of articles published about them across our network. Additionally, if more than one nominee has been nominated together, we searched their names separately and combined their pageviews.

Ahead, read about our predictions for the winners of this year’s Oscars!

Best Picture

Nominee Pageviews
Dune 2,845,690
West Side Story 854,980
The Power of the Dog 598,050
Belfast 547,850
King Richard 420,830
Nightmare Alley 224,330
Coda 145,650
Licorice Pizza 135,620
Drive My Car 35,860
Don’t Look Up N/A

Taboola’s Prediction: Dune

Timothée Chalamet as Paul and Rebecca Ferguson as Jessica in "Dune."

Source: Chiabella James/Warner Bros. Pictures

With 2,845,690 pageviews, Dune — which features a star-studded cast including Timothée Chalamet, Zandaya, and Oscar Isaac — is a much-anticipated film that had viewers falling for these already popular characters even more.

West Side Story, which has the second-most views (854,980) doesn’t even come close to Dune’s viewer numbers.

Best Actress

Nominee Pageviews
Nicole Kidman 3,238,110
Kristen Stewart 1,165,710
Jessica Chastain 295,350
Penélope Cruz 145,840
Olivia Colman 102,710

Taboola’s Prediction: Nicole Kidman

Lucille Ball and Nicole Kidman

Source: Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images; Jason Kempin/Getty Images

From Nine Perfect Strangers (2021) to The Undoing (2020), Nicole Kidman’s “main character energy” has been keeping us busy during these pandemic years. The versatile actress’ latest film, Being the Ricardos, which was released on Prime Video in December 2021, depicts the relationship between I Love Lucy stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. As Lucille, Kidman accurately tells the story of her career, relationship, and divorce. She does justice to a character who became quintessential to the 1950s culture. It’s no wonder why 3,238,110 viewers have searched Kidman over the past three months.

Best Actor

Nominee Pageviews
Andrew Garfield 4,819,240
Will Smith 1,779,930
Benedict Cumberbatch 983,160
Denzel Washington 953,320
Javier Bardem 938,680

Taboola’s Prediction: Andrew Garfield

Andrew Garfield at the 2021 Tony Awards.

Source: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images

No other actor can compare to Andrew Garfield when it comes to the number of pageviews he received from our publisher’s network. With over four million searches to his name, the British-American actor, starred in a few films this year including Spider-Man: No Way Home and tick, tick… BOOM. From superhero to a young theater composer, Garfield’s range of talent is reason alone to nominate him for best actor.

Best Director

Nominee Pageviews
Kenneth Branagh 293,980
Steven Spielberg 191,480
Jane Campion 173,710
Paul Thomas Anderson 120,810
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi N/A

Taboola’s Prediction: Kenneth Branagh

A picture of Judi Dench, Jude Hill, and Ciarán Hinds in "Belfast."

Source: Focus Features.

Belfast, a British coming of age drama that takes place in Northern Ireland in 1969, is said to be director Kenneth Branagh’s most personal film. His movie already won the People’s Choice Award at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival and has received seven nominations for an Oscar award this year. Even though Steven Spielberg — who directed Oscar nominee film West Side Story — is a household name, Branagh takes the lead with about 100,000 more pageviews.

Best Supporting Actress

Nominee Pageviews
Ariana DeBose 532,100
Kirsten Dunst 217,700
Judi Dench 132,510
Jessie Buckley 14,410
Aunjanue Ellis N/A

Taboola’s Prediction: Ariana DeBose

Ariana DeBose as Anita in West Side Story

Source: 20th Century Studios

Ariana DeBose blew audiences away with her role as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story. We already have our eyes set on this charismatic dancer who appeared in Hamilton and Netflix’s The Prom, as the winner for best supporting actress. Interestingly, DeBose worked with Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her role as Anita in the 1961 West Side Story film. Will history repeat itself? We sure think so!

Best Supporting Actor

Jess Plemmons 13,030
JK Simmons 12,830
Ciarán Hinds N/A
Troy Kotsur N/A
Kodi Smit-McPhee N/A

Taboola’s Prediction: Jesse Plemons

A picture of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons in "The Power of the Dog."

Source: Netflix

The Power of the Dog, which was nominated for Best Picture, stars Jesse Plemons who plays George Burbank alongside Kirsten Dunst. As a couple in real life and on-screen, Plemmons and Dunst’s romantic orchestration put them both in the running as best supporting actor and best supporting actress.

Best Original Song

Nominee Pageviews
DIXSON & Beyoncé-Knowles Carter 1,212,960
Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell 1,126,440
Lin-Manuel Miranda 409,630
Van Morrison 13,240
Diane Warren N/A

Taboola’s Prediction: DIXSON & Beyoncé-Knowles Carter

beyonce coachella 2018 3

Source: Larry Busacca/Getty

King Richard, which stars Will Smith, follows the life of Serena and Venus Williams’ father and coach, Richard. In the highly acclaimed film, DIXSON & Beyoncé-Knowles Carter play an original song called Be Alive, which captures what it was like for Richard to mentor his daughters to become the mega tennis players they are today.

With over one million views, it almost ties with Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell’s pageviews for their original song called No Time to Die.

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