Blockbuster Fans Vote “Argo” to Win Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards

  Blockbuster Fans Vote “Argo” to Win Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards

   Consumers cast ballots on and compete with Melissa
        Rivers in the Blockbuster Awards Night “Fan”-tasy Movie League

Business Wire

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- February 21, 2013

With Hollywood’s biggest night just days away, BLOCKBUSTER^® is offering an
inside peek at who 2013 Academy Awards® fans want to see take home golden
statuettes on February 24. Fans from across the world have cast ballots on® – an interactive website designed for people to host,
manage and participate in a fantasy league celebrating the Academy Awards –
and now BLOCKBUSTER is opening the envelopes to share the nominees currently
leading in the hearts of consumers.

“With thousands of pools already created, the Blockbuster Awards Night Movie
League provides an excellent read on the feelings of movie fans across the
nation,” said Mitch Weinraub, Blockbuster vice president of product marketing.
“It is interesting to see the fan favorites, but it’s not over just yet. We
are seeing shifts in numbers each day as we draw closer to the big night.”

Popular reality TV star, host and producer Melissa Rivers is hosting her
online Awards Night league on and has invited consumers
to join to compete against her. Currently, the statistics reveal she is at
odds with the overwhelming majority of consumers who have chosen “Argo” for
Best Picture. “I have to disagree with the fan favorite here and stick with
‘Silver Linings Playbook’ – which I cannot believe fans selected as a tie with
‘Les Miserables’ in third place after ‘Lincoln’!” said Melissa Rivers. “With
this update, I’m thinking I’ll pull off an easy victory against folks
competing against me! I’m challenging everyone to prove me wrong by joining my
pool! Remember, if history at the Oscars has taught us anything, we will see
the love story pull off the victory. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper gave
fantastic performances, although I agree with most voters that Daniel
Day-Lewis will take the Best Actor category.”

The breakdown in consumer votes on for Best Picture is
as follows:

Best Picture

  *“Argo”: 39%
  *“Lincoln”: 22%
  *“Les Miserables”: 10%
  *“Silver Linings Playbook”: 10%
  *“Life of Pi”: 7%
  *“Django Unchained”: 5%
  *“Zero Dark Thirty”: 5%
  *“Beasts of the Southern Wild”: 2%

Consumers are aligned with Melissa Rivers in both the Actor and Actress in a
Leading Role categories, selecting Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence to
win. The widest margin of votes on the ballot currently is between Daniel
Day-Lewis and the tie with Hugh Jackman and Bradley Cooper:

Actor in a Leading Role           Actress in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis: 67%                       Jennifer Lawrence: 47%
Hugh Jackman: 12%                           Jessica Chastain: 29%
Bradley Cooper: 12%                         Naomi Watts: 9%
Denzel Washington: 8%                       Quvenzhane Wallis: 8%
Joaquin Phoenix: 1%                         Emmanuelle Riva: 6%

“I see consumers have taken my advice here – my scientific formula for
selecting best and supporting actors and actresses,” said Rivers. “You take
the best dressed and best performance from each category and when merged
together, you get the real winner. For example, Naomi Watts has great style
and fashion sense and Jessica Chastain gave a strong performance in ‘Zero Dark
Thirty,’ but when you combine the two, Jennifer Lawrence is Best Actress in a
Leading Role.”

Consumers are in fact in agreement with Rivers and her formula for selecting
Academy Award nominees; the Actor and Actress in a Supporting Roles categories
are as follows:

Actor in a Supporting Role            Actress in a Supporting Role
Tommy Lee Jones: 32%                            Anne Hathaway: 68%
Christoph Waltz: 30%                            Sally Field: 20%
Robert DeNiro: 19%                              Jacki Weaver: 5%
Alan Arkin: 11%                                 Amy Adams: 4%
Phillip Seymour Hoffman: 8%                     Helen Hunt: 3%

“Although I like Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor, the votes are
close and even if he doesn’t pull off the win, I know we’ll see him nominated
again down the road,” said Rivers. “I think we can all agree on Anne Hathaway
for Best Supporting Actress and there won’t be a surprise in that category.
Actor in a Supporting Role though, we shall see – could make for an upset
because Robert DeNiro was strong in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.”

Both Rivers and consumers want to see Adele dressed for another Hollywood win
for “Skyfall.” Consumer votes for Best Original Song are as follows:

Best Original Song
“Skyfall” – Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth: 66%
“Suddenly” – Claude-Michael Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boulil: 24%
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” - Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane: 5%
“Pi’s Lullaby” – Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri: 3%
“Before My Time” – J. Ralph: 1%

BLOCKBUSTER will update its blog at with
the latest consumer votes for each of the 2013 Academy Awards categories twice
daily from now until February 24.

During the live broadcast of the event, will update with
real-time stats based on individual picks and pools. Participants can track
their results from their home computer, iPhone, iPad or Android device. Follow
along for the results of Melissa Rivers’ celebrity pool and enjoy the friendly
competition and reveal of the night’s big winners.

Visit to sign up and join or host a league. The
Blockbuster Awards Night Ballot is free to anyone who wishes to participate; a
pre-existing Blockbuster account is not required.

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