A Harvard math degree graduate just tweeted his analysis of who the Oscar winners will be.
Ben Zauzmer, or @BensOscarMath on Twitter, released a thread predicting the winners for this year’s Academy Awards, which will be aired on March 4, 2018. A Harvard graduate, Zauzmer employs his applied math degree to predict Oscar and Tony nominees and winners.
To celebrate the nine decades of Oscar celebrations, he released his predictions on Twitter by giving us “90 facts about the 90th Oscar nominations.”
For all you cinephiles, here are some of the highlights:
16/90: If Gary Oldman (@DarkestHour) wins, Sir Winston Churchill will become the 5th member of British royalty/nobility to have won Best Actor:— Ben Zauzmer (@BensOscarMath) January 23, 2018
Note: Stephen Hawking declined knighthood.
22/90: At 23 years and 9 months, Saoirse Ronan (@LadyBirdMovie) is the second-youngest three-time Oscar nominee. Jennifer Lawrence was 23 years and 5 months when she received her third nomination for American Hustle (2013).— Ben Zauzmer (@BensOscarMath) January 23, 2018
24/90: Meryl Streep (@ThePostMovie) scores her record-extending 21st Oscar nomination. To put that in perspective: Jack Nicholson is in 2nd among living actors, and would need one nomination per year until 2027 to surpass her.— Ben Zauzmer (@BensOscarMath) January 23, 2018
52/90: John Williams (@StarWars) scores his 51st nomination, 2nd all-time in any category to Walt Disney, who had 59.— Ben Zauzmer (@BensOscarMath) January 23, 2018
53/90: BEST ORIGINAL SONG— Ben Zauzmer (@BensOscarMath) January 23, 2018
As I wrote for the @nytimes (https://t.co/xMmFdSYYzi), Best Song noms from musicals win 24% of the time, and noms from cartoons win 26% since 1990. This year, “This Is Me” (@GreatestShowman) is from a musical, and “Remember Me” (@PixarCoco) is from both.
78/90: MULTI-CATEGORY@StarWars has 7 competitive Oscars on 33 noms.— Ben Zauzmer (@BensOscarMath) January 23, 2018
IV. A New Hope 6/10
V. Empire Strikes Back 1/3
VI. Return of the Jedi 0/4
I. Phantom Menace 0/3
II. Attack of the Clones 0/1
III. Revenge of the Sith 0/1
VII. Force Awakens 0/5
Rogue One 0/2
VIII. Last Jedi ?/4