Last month, we revealed to you how Josh Brolin, known for having notably embodied the terrible Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), had almost played this superhero from the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and thus worked alongside the famous director Zack Snyder. And precisely, a recent piece of news has arisen, thus coming to call into question the rewards recently acquired by the American filmmaker.
This year, the 94th Academy Awards was controversial for many reasons From the decision to remove several awards from the live stream to the creation of new fan-voted categories, it all added up to that moment that would later make headlines, namely the altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock, which resulted in the actor’s suspension from the Academy.
And the results of the fan vote also surprised many people, since the two categories, one for favorite scene from any movie (Best Cheer Moment), and the other for the fan favorite movie (Fan Favorite Movie), have not been attributed to Spider-Man: No Way Home as many thought. Instead, it was Zack Snyder who took it allrespectively attributed to the film Justice League and Army of the Dead. The director spoke on social networks to celebrate this double victory, because it was the first time that one of his films won an Oscar. These awards also mean that both films are now considered Oscar winners on sites like IMDb for example.
However, the validity of those votes now appears to be in question.after a report recently shared by The Wrap suggests that fan votes were rigged by bots. For the moment, no official statement has been made. But Tweetbinder, an analytics tracking tool, says the most active contributors to both polls were standalone web programs that cast thousands of fake votes.
On his side, David Kirsch, professor at the University of Maryland who studies this subject, says that the pro-Snyder accounts “definitely don’t look like they were generated by a human user”, without concluding definitively that they are all bots. The Academy, however, stands by the results of the survey. An insider notes that some rules had yet been put in placesuch as limitations on votes, banning participation for accounts created less than 24 hours ago and taking into account the votes cast on the Academy’s website, which showed the film Army of the Dead so largely a winner.
At this time, it is unclear whether the Academy will maintain these awards for next year’s ceremony. But if the report turns out to be accurate, there will certainly be changes to the voting system. And it’s not the first time that bots have managed to have some influence in the public eye.. It has been reported that almost half of the negative reactions to the film Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017) were political trolls, but also coordinated actions against films like Captain Marvel (2019) forced Rotten Tomatoes to disable audience polling.
And to find out the new images shared by Snyder regarding his Star Wars-inspired filmsee our previous article on the subject, right here.