Oscars, Golden Globes, and Critics: Consensus or Dissension?

Dean Keith Simonton

in Great Flicks

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199752034
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894857 | DOI:
Oscars, Golden Globes, and Critics: Consensus or Dissension?

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A series of studies examined the movie awards given out by seven major organizations in seventeen categories of cinematic achievement. Not only was there substantial agreement between the Oscars and alternative honors, but the Oscars most often provided the best index of the overall consensus on cinematic merit. Surprisingly, the Oscars corresponded more closely to critical acclaim than did the awards bestowed by film critic organizations, such as the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Despite this broad validation of movie awards in general and Oscars in specific, research requires that we impose some qualifications. Besides random errors of judgment committed by all organizations, there also intrude systematic judgmental errors, as evidenced by vote clustering and past history effects. These errors notwithstanding, movie honors still provide sound measures of cinematic greatness, especially when the awards and nominations are aggregated from multiple organizations rather than confined to just one.

Keywords: movie awards; consensus; critics; errors; vote clustering; past history

Chapter.  10106 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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