Fandango Survey Finds Women Increasingly Interested in Movies Employing Women Onscreen and Off

In honor of International Women’s Day March 8, Fandango has released surveys of two different samples of more than 1,000 female moviegoers (conducted in March 2018 and again in March 2019) and found increased interest in movies employing women onscreen and off.

Among the findings:

  • In 2018, 85% women identified themselves as the decisionmakers when picking movies for family and friends. In 2019, 87% say they are the decisionmakers.
  • In 2018, 75% of women wanted to see more female ensembles on the big screen. In 2019, 85% would like to see more female ensembles.
  • In 2018, 57% preferred female-driven stories presented by female filmmakers/writers. In 2019, 63% prefer female-driven stories told by female filmmakers/writers.

“It’s clear from our survey that more female moviegoers want to see women-driven stories told by female filmmakers and directors,” Fandango correspondent Alicia Malone said in a statement. “There are so many talented filmmakers deserving opportunities to make their movies. With growing conversation and demand for representation in the film industry, I’m excited to see more diverse offerings in the future.”

In celebration of Malone’s new book, The Female Gaze: Essential Movies Made by WomenFandangoNOW, Fandango’s TVOD service, is highlighting a curated selection of classic movies cited in the book, including Penny Marshall’s Big and A League of Their Own, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, Gurinda Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham, Chloe Zhao’s The Rider, and Amy Heckerling’s Clueless.

Fandango is also hosting two South by Southwest Film Festival panels with Malone March 8 and March 11 to discuss the evolving images and views of women’s representation on the big screen over the last few years.

‘Black Panther’ Top Pick for Best Picture Oscar in Fandango Fan Survey

Black Panther was the top pick in the Best Picture race, while Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) and Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) were the favorites in the Best Actor and Actress categories, in a survey of more than 3,000 movie fans on ticketing site Fandango and its VOD platform FandangoNow.

First-time nominee in the Best Director category, Spike Lee, was the fans’ choice for his work on BlackKklansman.

The Academy Awards will be announced Feb. 24.

“Fans came to the theater in droves and helped make Black Panther a cultural phenomenon, and now they want to see the film take home a big win for Wakanda,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “Moviegoers are also rooting for powerhouse musical performances this year, with Star Is Born’s Lady Gaga and Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Rami Malek getting the top fan honors in the acting races. While it’s hard to believe this is Spike Lee’s first directorial nod, Fandango fans feel it would be a delight to see the Academy do the right thing and give a well-deserved award to the BlacKkKlansman director.”

FandangoNow is also offering fans the opportunity to watch four Oscar contenders — Green Book, The Favourite, Free Solo and Mary Queen of Scots — for 30% off with the code “FNOWOscar.” The promotion ends Feb. 21.

Fans can find this year’s nominees on FandangoNow’s curated Oscars list here. Fandango has also created a downloadable Oscar ballot with Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer scores for all the nominated films.

Complete results of the survey were:

 

Best Picture

Black Panther – 24%

Bohemian Rhapsody – 19%

A Star Is Born – 18%

Green Book – 14%

BlacKkKlansman – 8%

Roma – 7%

The Favourite – 6%

Vice – 4%

 

Best Leading Actor

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody – 44%

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born – 20%

Christian Bale, Vice – 19%

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book – 11%\

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate – 6%

 

Best Leading Actress

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born – 42%

Glenn Close, The Wife – 22%

Olivia Colman, The Favourite – 13%

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me? – 13%

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma – 10%

 

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Green Book – 40%

Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born – 28%

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman – 16%

Sam Rockwell, Vice – 10%

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me? – 6%

 

Best Supporting Actress

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk – 35%

Emma Stone, The Favourite – 24%

Amy Adams, Vice – 19%

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite – 15%

Marina de Tavira, Roma – 7%

 

Best Director

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman – 36%

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma – 25%

Adam McKay, Vice – 18%

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite – 14%

Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War – 7%

 

Best Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – 50%

Incredibles 2 – 24%

Isle of Dogs – 15%

Ralph Breaks the Internet – 10%

Mirai – 1%

 

Best Original Screenplay

Green Book – 38%

The Favourite – 21%

Vice – 17%

Roma – 17%

First Reformed – 7%

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

A Star Is Born – 38%

BlacKkKlansman – 23%

If Beale Street Could Talk – 20%

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – 10%

Can You Ever Forgive Me? – 9%

 

Best Original Song

“Shallow” from A Star Is Born – 52%

“All The Stars” from Black Panther – 22%

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns – 14%

“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – 6%

“I’ll Fight” from RBG – 6%

Netflix Ranked No. 2 TV Network in Popularity

Netflix is ranked the second most-popular TV network behind Discovery Channel, according to new data from YouGov.

In a survey of more than 5,500 adults through May 28, Redwood City, Calif.-based YouGov found 76% of respondents viewed Netflix favorably — about the same as Discovery Channel.

Other channels in the Top 10 included National Geographic Channels, History, The Weather Channel, Animal Planet, PBS, AMC Networks, A&E Networks and FX. TNT, HBO, ABC, CBS ranked 12th-15th, respectively.

The findings come as support for the subscription streaming video pioneer has fallen 16% among Republicans, while increasing 15% among Democrats.

While Netflix has largely avoided politics, it’s two most prominent executives — Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos — are Democrats. Sarandos’ wife Nicole was U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas during the Obama Administration. The couple gave more than $500,000 to the Obama presidential campaign in 2012.

The Sarandos were also largely responsible for convincing Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to recently ink a production deal with the SVOD behemoth.

Earlier this year, Netflix signed former Obama national security advisor Susan Rice to its board of directors.

Netflix cut its teeth in the political talk show genre with Chelsea Chandler’s “Chelsea,” which streamed for two years through 2017. It now hosts a periodic talk show format series with David Letterman, whose first guest was Barack Obama.

Last month, it started streaming “The Break with Michelle Wolf,” a late-night talk show starring the comic who infamously savaged the press and White House, including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, during the White House Correspondents Dinner in April.

That said, only 5% of YouGov respondents viewed Netflix negatively, with 17% neutral and 2% claiming to have never heard of Netflix.

Speaking at the New York Paley Center for Media May 29, Sarandos responded to allegations Netflix skews toward the left politically.

“This is not The Obama Network,” said Sarandos, as reported by Variety. “There’s no political slant to the programming.”