And The Oscar Goes To….

The long awaited 2013 Academy Awards air live this Sunday night, with movie buffs and general enthusiasts alike counting down to see who takes home the top honors. To help you prepare to be in the know on all things Oscars, Bing is providing search insights, features and conversations to help you steal the show.

And the most searched on Bing is…

Bing search data yields interesting insights that provide a fun and interesting way to guess Academy Award winners. Here’s who we’re expecting to take home Oscars based on Bing searches:

Best Picture Pick – Argo

The most searched on Bing among the Best Picture nominees is Argo, capturing over a third of the searches for all of the nominated films combined.

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Best Actor Pick – Hugh Jackman

People are captivated by Hugh Jackman, the star of Les Miserables, and he secured almost four times the number of searches as the next runner up, Joaquin Phoenix.

1. Hugh Jackman

2. Joaquin Phoenix

3. Bradley Cooper

4. Daniel Day-Lewis

5. Denzel Washington

Best Actress Pick – Jennifer Lawrence:

Backed by Hunger Games fandom and as a star in one of the most searched movies of the year, Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence stole the vast majority of Bing searches from the other talented ladies in this list.

1. Jennifer Lawrence

2. Jessica Chastain

3. Naomi Watts

4. Emmanuelle Riva

5. Quvenzhané Wallis

Best Supporting Actor Pick – Robert De Niro:

Acting legend, Robert De Niro, starred in Silver Linings Playbook and secured double the searches as the runner-up, Christoph Waltz, from Django Unchained.

1. Robert De Niro

2. Christoph Waltz

3. Tommy Lee Jones

4. Philip Seymour Hoffman

5. Alan Arkin

Best Supporting Actress Pick– Anne Hathaway:

Former Disney darling, Anne Hathaway, sung her way into people’s hearts through her tragic turn in Les Miserables and generated over three times the searches as runner-up, Helen Hunt from The Sessions.

1. Anne Hathaway

2. Helen Hunt

3. Amy Adams

4. Sally Field

5. Jacki Weaver

Best Director Pick – Steven Spielberg:

Fresh from the President’s Day holiday, directing luminary Steven Spielberg scored big for his film about one of the most beloved presidents of all time, Lincoln. Searches for Spielberg and his film outpaced searches for David O. Russell and his film, Silver Linings Playbook, nearly three-to-one.

1. Steven Spielberg: Lincoln

2. David O. Russell: Silver Linings Playbook

3. Ang Lee: Life of Pi

4. Benh Zeitlin: Beasts of the Southern Wild

5. Michael Haneke: Amour

Get the Latest News

When doing your Oscars research, search on Bing to connect with the latest news, videos, movie facts, reviews, and red carpet looks from your favorite actors. And for post-show coverage, be sure to check out WonderWall for all the greatest moments throughout the evening.

What Are Your Friends Saying?

By simply going to Bing.com and connecting it with your Facebook account, you’ll see Oscars search results unlike any other search engine – In addition to your typical search results, you’ll also see related updates from your Facebook friends, and perspective from experts, bloggers and celebrities across Twitter, Quora, LinkedIn and more. This includes all of your Facebook friends’ Oscars-related comments, photos, “Likes” and check-ins, helping you connect with your friends to see who’s rooting for whom, and get into the discussion on the biggest moments of the night.

Join the Conversation with Film Critic, Ben Lyons

On Wednesday, February 20th from noon-1pm PT/3pm-4pm ET, we’ll be co-hosting a pre-Academy Awards Twitter chat with film critic and TV correspondent Ben Lyons. To join the conversation, simply follow @Bing and @iamBenLyons before the event and then search for – and tweet along – to the hashtag, #BingIt.

Now that you have Bing search data and tools to help you make your Academy Awards picks, don’t forget to go over to BingItOn.com to pick which search engine you prefer.

- The Bing Team