The Nationâ€™s Leading Movie Ticketing Destination Launches ‘Awards Watch’ Section, Featuring Expert Picks, Sweepstakes, Fan Surveys, Photo Galleries and More
LOS ANGELES, (RushPRnews) 01/16/09 — More than 7,000 moviegoers were surveyed by Fandango on the advice theyâ€™d give to the new producers of the Academy AwardsÂ® telecast on February 22. The results are just part of the extensive news and information that can be found in Fandangoâ€™s Awards Watch section, launching today at www.fandango.com/awardswatch.
Film fans can enter a sweepstakes to win a diamond ring, discover expertsâ€™ picks for who will win this yearâ€™s OscarsÂ®, view photos from recent awards shows like the Golden GlobesÂ®, read Red Carpet coverage from style guru and author Leslie Gornstein and commentary by Fandango columnist Sarah McLaughlin, vote in weekly polls, and much more.
Among Fandango fansâ€™ top OscarÂ® show pet peeves (fans could vote for more than one aspect they would curtail on the telecast):
â€¢ 49% Political remarks during acceptance speeches
â€¢ 34% All technical awards
â€¢ 33% Excessive length of the show
â€¢ 27% Live musical numbers
â€¢ 26% Celebrity presenter banter
The full list can be found at Fandango.com.
Among the elements theyâ€™d like to keep or expand:
â€¢ 65% One single host for the entire show
â€¢ 57% â€œIn Memoriamâ€ tribute
â€¢ 52% Celebrity fashion during pre-show Red Carpet festivities
â€¢ 48% Opening monologue
â€¢ 27% Best Animated Feature
Among other survey results:
â€¢ 71% say theyâ€™d be more inclined to watch this yearâ€™s OscarÂ® telecast if â€œThe Dark Knightâ€ gets a nomination for Best Picture.
â€¢ 81% feel that the Academyâ€™s past picks were out of touch with the choices of the mainstream moviegoing public.
â€¢ 59% of respondents say theyâ€™re more likely to watch with Hugh Jackman as the showâ€™s host.
â€¢ 29% say they didnâ€™t watch last yearâ€™s show because they hadnâ€™t seen the nominated movies.
One of the Webâ€™s top movie and entertainment destinations, Fandango sells tickets to more than 16,000 screens. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. Fandango is available at www.fandango.com, 1-800-FANDANGO and via your wireless mobile device at mobile.fandango.com. Fandango is a unit of Comcast Interactive Media.
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