Oscar Twitter stats: James Franco feels the online love/wrath

James Franco may not have won the Best Actor Oscar, or the hearts of Oscar watchers (save our Ken Tucker), but according to Tweetbeat, which tracks the most talked about things on Twitter, he was by far the most tweeted about personality during last night’s Academy Awards. Of the estimated 400,000 Oscar-related tweets logged — half as many as the Super Bowl — 21,117 of them involved the actor/cohost. Anne Hathaway was the second most mentioned person with 14,530 tweets — though users were kinder to her than Franco. See the full Top 10 list below, along with other fun stats such as: the Top 3 most tweeted designers during the red carpet, the moments that caused “unexpected spikes of tweets” (hello, Melissa Leo!), which films were referenced the most (and whether those sentiments were positive or negative), and who Kirk Douglas bested…

Top 10 People Tweeted About During the Oscars
James Franco: 21,117
Anne Hathaway: 14,530
Natalie Portman: 9,973
Christian Bale: 8,238
Colin Firth: 3,590
Trent Reznor: 3,196
Melissa Leo: 3,156
Mila Kunis: 2,749
Sandra Bullock: 2,360
Oprah Winfrey: 2,295
• James Franco had 68% positive tweets and Anne Hathaway had 76% positive tweets.

Red Carpet:
1. Valentino: Worn by Anne Hathaway
2. Elie Saab: Worn by Mila Kunis
3. Givenchy: Worn by Cate Blanchett

Highest “unexpected” spikes of tweets during the broadcast (in chronological order)
9:01 p.m. ET: Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo drops the F-Bomb during her acceptance speech
9:20 p.m.: 73-year-0ld Original Screenplay winner David Seidler says his father always told him he’d be a “late bloomer”
10:18 p.m.: It turns out it was the year of the musical (with the help of auto-tune)
10:26 p.m.: Billy Crystal takes the stage, to a standing ovation
10:57 p.m.: Corey Haim isn’t remembered in the in-memoriam montage
11:05 p.m.: Best Director winner Tom Hooper references the “triangle of man love” (himself, Colin Firth, and Geoffrey Rush)

Movies (# of tweets during Oscars)
Inception: 7,796
The King’s Speech: 7,114
Toy Story 3: 6,599
The Social Network: 6,125
The Fighter: 3,928
Black Swan: 3,859
Alice in Wonderland: 1,681
Biutiful: 1,384 (But how many spelled it correctly?)
The Wolfman: 909

Sentiment Analysis
• Of the losers, The Fighter had the most number of positive tweets, 70 percent of the positive tweets that were tracked for The King’s Speech, Tweetbeat reports
The King’s Speech received 50 percent more positive tweets than Inception.

Most Popular Award Categories
Best Picture: 8,143
Best Supporting Actor: 4,010
Best Lead Actress: 3,550
Best Lead Actor: 2,469
Best Animated Film: 2,301
Best Director: 2,069
Best Supporting Actress: 2,014
• Best Director had the fewest percentage of positive tweets out of these categories, Tweetbeat notes

Number of Tweets for Winner and Most Tweeted Loser for each Category

Best Actor
Colin Firth: 3,590
James Franco (also host): 21,117

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale: 8,238
Jeremy Renner: 186

Best Actress
Natalie Portman: 9,973
Jennifer Lawrence: 1,155

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo: 3,156
Helena Bonham Carter: 1,167

Other People:
Gwyneth Paltrow: 1,801
Kirk Douglas: 1,648
Randy Newman: 1,521
Robert Downey, Jr.: 1,417
Scarlett Johansson: 1,412
Halle Berry: 1,267

More Oscars coverage:
EW’s Oscars Central
Oscars: What you didn’t see on TV
Backstage buzz from Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo, Christian Bale, David Seidler, Lee Unkrich, and Luke Matheny
Oscars 2011: 20 key moments
Oscars 2011: Best and worst style

Comments (8 total) Add your comment
  • Courtney

    Love this evaluation of the Oscars. Definitely a unique perspective.

  • freckles

    umm yeah, and i am still shocked at Ken Tucker’s review.

  • freckles

    and please, no more Justin Timberlake at the oscars. he had his cell phone with him onstage while he was presenting. uuuughhh

    • sunny

      his and mila’s banter fell flat for sure, but the cell phone was part of the crummy bit.

    • Mr. Holloway

      I like the guy and at least this time he had a legitimate excuse to be there…he was in one of the Best Picture nominees.

    • gah

      he always tries to be funny and make it about him. i don’t know how to explain it, but it gets tired.

  • Pineapple Xpress

    This feels like sports.

    We probably shouldn’t boo someone for results, but we are definitely allowed to boo someone for a lack of effort. C’mon, man.

  • whyamIhere

    But what about the celebrity that was tweeting the most during the ceremony? That would have to be James Franco, right EW?

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