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Moviegoers on Fandango Pick Top Oscar(R) Show Pet Peeves

January 16, 2009

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LOS ANGELES, (RushPRnews) 01/16/09 -- More than 7,000 moviegoers were surveyed by Fandango on the advice they’d give to the new producers of the Academy Awards® telecast on February 22. The results are just part of the extensive news and information that can be found in Fandango’s Awards Watch section, launching today at

Film fans can enter a sweepstakes to win a diamond ring, discover experts’ picks for who will win this year’s Oscars®, view photos from recent awards shows like the Golden Globes®, 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.

Fandango’s awards survey was posted online from December 27-January 15, when more than 7,000 moviegoers responded with their Oscar® show opinions and recommendations.
Awards news, photos, prizes & more!

Among Fandango fans’ top Oscar® show pet peeves (fans could vote for more than one aspect they would curtail on the telecast):
• 49% Political remarks during acceptance speeches
• 34% All technical awards
• 33% Excessive length of the show
• 27% Live musical numbers
• 26% Celebrity presenter banter
The full list can be found at

Among the elements they’d like to keep or expand:
• 65% One single host for the entire show
• 57% “In Memoriam” tribute
• 52% Celebrity fashion during pre-show Red Carpet festivities
• 48% Opening monologue
• 27% Best Animated Feature

Among other survey results:
• 71% say they’d be more inclined to watch this year’s Oscar® telecast if “The Dark Knight” gets a nomination for Best Picture.
• 81% feel that the Academy’s past picks were out of touch with the choices of the mainstream moviegoing public.
• 59% of respondents say they’re more likely to watch with Hugh Jackman as the show’s host.
• 29% say they didn’t watch last year’s show because they hadn’t seen the nominated movies.

About Fandango

One of the Web’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, 1-800-FANDANGO and via your wireless mobile device at Fandango is a unit of Comcast Interactive Media.

Harry Medved, +1-310-954-0461,, or Melinda Petrow, +1-310-954-0278, ext. 231,, both of Fandango

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