The Oscars were announced this morning. At Onboard, we understand the power of your local area, and we wondered if the birthplace of the nominees had any influence on their later artistic successes. So we found the birthplaces of all the nominees and came to the following conclusions. It helps if you’re foreign!
52% of the nominees were born outside of the US, with the majority coming from the UK. While Lenny Abrahamson, who directed Room was born in Ireland, Saoirse Ronan who played an Irish lass in Brooklyn was actually born in the Bronx! Cate Blanchett has the farthest birthplace from LA. Her hometown of Melbourne, Australia is nearly 8,000 miles from Hollywood and takes 15 hours by air.
East Coast versus West
Half of the American nominees were born on the east coast, most of them in New York. 33% of the Americans were west coasters – all hailing from Southern California. Perhaps the call of Hollywood was stronger coming from their backyards. Overall though – the East Coast is more dominant force this year, not only in birthplaces, but in the settings too – four of the best picture nominees (Big Short, Spotlight, Bridge of Spies, and Brooklyn) take place on the east coast.
Movie Theatre Influence
Movie theaters and movie stars seem to correlate; the cities that have the most theaters also happen to have the most nominees. New York City has 332 theaters, Los Angeles has 203, while other major cities -- with less nominees -- typically had well under 100 listed movie theaters. *Movie theater counts sourced from publicly available list of businesses.
Below is the breakdown of the nominees and their places of birth. Wherever they were born, they will all be in LA in late February to possibly pick up a golden statue. If you're interested in seeing how local data can bring some victories to your business, contact us today.
|George Miller||Mad Max: Fury Road||Chinchilla, Queensland, Australia|
|Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu||The Revenant||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Tom McCarthy||Spotlight||New Providence, New Jersey, USA|
|Adam McKay||The Big Short||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA|
|Lenny Abrahamson||Room||Dublin, Ireland|
|Leonardo DiCaprio,||The Revenant||Hollywood, California, USA|
|Bryan Cranston||Trumbo||Hollywood, California, USA|
|Michael Fassbender||Steve Jobs||Heidelberg, Germany|
|Eddie Redmayne||The Danish Girl||London, England, UK|
|Matt Damon||The Martian||Boston, Massachusetts, USA|
|Brie Larson||Room||Sacramento, California, USA|
|Cate Blanchett||Carol||Melbourne, Australia|
|Charlotte Rampling||45 Years||Sturmer, Essex, England, UK|
|Saoirse Ronan||Brooklyn||The Bronx, New York, USA|
|Jennifer Lawrence||Joy||Louisville, Kentucky, USA|
Best Supporting Actor
|Mark Ruffalo||Spotlight||Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA|
|Sylvester Stallone||Creed||New York City, New York, USA|
|Mark Rylance||Bridge of Spies||Ashford, Kent, England, UK|
|Christian Bale||The Big Short||Haverfordwest, Wales, UK|
|Tom Hardy||The Revenant||London, England UK|
Best Supporting Actress
|Rooney Mara||Carol||Bedford, New York, USA|
|Kate Winslet||Steve Jobs||Berkshire, England, UK|
|Alician Vikander||The Danish Girl||Gothenburg län, Sweden|
|Jennifer Jason Leigh||The Hateful Eight||Hollywood, California, USA|
|Rachel McAdams||Spotlight||London, Ontario, Canada|