Most Googled Oscar Nominees for "Best Picture" in Every State

Think Jennifer Lawrence falling on her face, Warren Beatty announcing La La Land as (the wrong) best picture, and Robert Opel streaking across the stage. Mix in glamorous outfits, cinematic achievements, star-studded selfies, live Tweets, and awkward mistakes, and you’ve got yourself a winning combination for the Hollywood event of the year—the Oscars.

With films like Bohemian Rhapsody, Black Panther, and A Star is Born on the table, it’s anyone’s guess who will win. With the help of Google Trends, the team at USDirect determined each state’s favorite best picture nominee to see if there’s a clear favorite across the nation.

Do you agree with your state’s pick? Check the map below to see if your state shares your impeccable taste in film and watch who wins live with DIRECTV.  


most googled oscar nominatees for best picture

Fascinating Finds

  • Bohemian Rhapsody is the most-searched movie in 50% of the United States. Interestingly, 3 of the 4 top-searched films are about musicians—Black Panther is the only exception.
  • Roma was Googled most in New Jersey, New York, and Texas—all states with high Latinx populations.
  • 5 of the 8 films nominated this year share themes of facing racism and segregation, and empowering people who have historically been oppressed.
  • Even though the majority of Green Book takes place in the South, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, and the Carolinas searched the most for Black Panther.
  • Vice, BlacKkKlansman, and The Favourite didn’t appear as most-searched in any of the states.

Black Panther is the biggest box-office hit of all the nominees, raking in more than $700 million. It’s also the first superhero movie to get a Best Picture nomination.

Each State and Its Most Googled “Best Picture” Nominee

Alabama: Bohemian Rhapsody

Alaska: Bohemian Rhapsody

Arizona: Bohemian Rhapsody

Arkansas: Bohemian Rhapsody

California: Bohemian Rhapsody

Colorado: Bohemian Rhapsody

Connecticut: Bohemian Rhapsody

Delaware: Bohemian Rhapsody

Florida: Bohemian Rhapsody

Georgia: Bohemian Rhapsody

Hawaii: Bohemian Rhapsody

Idaho: A Star Is Born

Illinois: A Star Is Born

Indiana: Bohemian Rhapsody

Iowa: Bohemian Rhapsody

Kansas: Green Book

Kentucky: A Star Is Born

Louisiana: Black Panther

Maine: A Star Is Born

Maryland: Black Panther

Massachusetts: A Star Is Born

Michigan: Bohemian Rhapsody

Minnesota: A Star Is Born

Mississippi: Black Panther

Missouri: Bohemian Rhapsody

Montana: A Star Is Born

Nebraska: Bohemian Rhapsody

Nevada: Bohemian Rhapsody

New Hampshire: Bohemian Rhapsody

New Jersey: Roma

New Mexico: Bohemian Rhapsody

New York: Roma

North Carolina: Black Panther

North Dakota: Bohemian Rhapsody

Ohio: A Star Is Born

Oklahoma: Bohemian Rhapsody

Oregon: Green Book

Pennsylvania: A Star Is Born

Rhode Island: A Star Is Born

South Carolina: Black Panther

South Dakota: Bohemian Rhapsody

Tennessee: Black Panther

Texas: Roma

Utah: Bohemian Rhapsody

Vermont: Green Book

Virginia: Green Book

West Virginia: Bohemian Rhapsody

Washington: Bohemian Rhapsody

Wisconsin: Green Book

Wyoming: A Star Is Born



Data analysts at used Googled Trends to learn which states were Googling which Oscar-nominated films the most.  The search queries analyzed were based on the official release list of Oscar nominees on January 22, 2019.


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