Google's algorithms proved quite accurate this year
For a few years now, Google has been predicting Oscar winners based on search interest ahead of the awards. Given that the Oscars are not awarded based on popularity, it's a hit and miss method, but it is interesting to see how much Google's algorithm lined up with reality.This year, Google got quite a few right, including the big ones. Google made six predictions and got four right, including Best Picture, which it said would go to Argo, Best Actress in a Leading Role, which went to Jennifer Lawrence.
Google, or rather the people using it, also correctly predicted the winners for supporting roles, Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained, and Anne Hathaway for her role in Les Misérables.
Google's predictions missed the mark for Best Director which went to Ang Lee not Steven Spielberg as predicted, and Best Actor in a Leading Role, which went to Daniel Day-Lewis, the third most likely in Google's opinion.