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Most Americans have yet to watch any best-picture Oscar nominee: Poll

Published on Feb 24, 2014 7:07 AM
Cinema still: Captain Phillips starring (from left) Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman and Mahat M. Ali. -- FILE PHOTO: SONY PICTURES

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - It may be one of the best years in recent memory for high-quality Hollywood film, but two-thirds of Americans have yet to see any of the movies nominated for the best picture Oscar, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday.

Among other questions, the poll asked 1,433 Americans whether they had seen any of the nine best-picture nominees, plus two other films competing in other categories. The Academy Awards will be hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres on March 2.

Among those who responded to the online survey, Somali piracy thriller Captain Phillips was the most-watched film, at 15 per cent. But 67 per cent said they had yet to see any of the eleven films in the poll.

The outer-space drama Gravity was second with 14 per cent, while crime caper American Hustle and The Wolf Of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese's portrait of 1990s greed and excess, each had been seen by 12 per cent of those surveyed. The numbers include those surveyed who may have seen more than one of the nominees.

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