Analysts from Crowdpac, a group that gathers campaign finance data, have attempted to rate this year’s Best Picture nominees from liberal to conservative based on the political donations of those behind the film’s productions.
Crowdpac looked at previous campaign donations made by everyone from Michael Keaton to Clint Eastwood and then assigned each person a score based on their donor history. The group then ranked their respective films from “most liberal” to “most conservative” based on the data, according to CNN.
After examining donation records of actors, producers, directors and other crewmembers from 2015’s Best Picture group, Crowdpac looked for a connection between personal political history and the overall message of the films.
The results: Hollywood is overwhelmingly liberal, which comes as no surprise.
What is rather surprising is that, while American Sniper has infuriated many on the left with its portrayal of the Iraq War, the film does not find itself on the “C” (conservative) end of the spectrum, but rather is deemed moderately liberal with a score of “3.1L” on a 1-10 scale, according to the group’s information.
That is as far right as any nominee made it on the group’s spectrum. The other side is crowded with the films The Imitation Game, Birdman, and Selma, all of which earned scores of at least 9 out of 10 “L”, making them the most liberal.
Imitation Game – 9.4L (4 donors – $4,441)
Birdman – 9.2L (16 donors – $518,602)
Selma – 9L (8 donors – $448,408)
Boyhood – 8.7L (11 donors – $39,515)
Whiplash – 8.6L (7 donors – $33,859)
Grand Budapest Hotel – 8.4L (6 donors – $23,500)
Theory of Everything – 6.3L (1 donor – $19,281)
American Sniper – 3.1L (9 donors – $55,959)
During the last election cycle, celebrities donated more than $800,000 to President Obama’s re-election campaign, while Republican challenger Mitt Romney only received a modest $76,000 from Tinseltown, according to FEC data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, as reported by CNN.
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