The Academy Awards are this Sunday, and there’s already been a ton of buzz about who potential winners will be and even what the celebrities will wear. Although internet-savvy movie goers may have slightly different taste than The Academy who actually selects the winners, we thought it’d be fun to show who the potential winners are according to their popularity in internet search.

Best Picture

Our statistics, based on aggregate search data from more than 270 million unique monthly readers reached by more than 200,000 Shareaholic publishers, reveal that Hugo is favored for Best Picture with 33% of searches, while Warhorse, The Descendents and Tree of Life follow closely behind at 17%, 16% and 13% respectively.

Share of Search 2012 Best Picture Oscar Nominees

Best Actor

For Best Actor, Brad Pitt was above and beyond the clear winner for his role in Moneyball with 77% of the searches compared to the other nominees.

Share of Search 2012 Best Actor Oscar Nominees

Best Actress

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara snagged 64% of searches, making her the clear favorite for Best Actress.

Share of Search 2012 Best Actress Oscar Nominees

Best Supporting Actor

Moneyball’s unexpected nominee Jonah Hill (that guy from Superbad) was the Best Supporting Actor favorite with 59% of searches.

Share of Search 2012 Best Supporting Actor Nominees

Best Supporting Actress

For Best Supporting Actress, Octavia Spencer’s funny and genuine performance in The Help earned her 44% of searches.

Here is the complete breakdown of each category:

Share of Search 2012 Oscar Nominees 2

Share of Search 2012 Oscar Nominees Chart 1

Do you have any favorites? I’m no movie expert, but you don’t have to be one to recognize that Rooney Mara was completely awesome in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. So I’m with the internet on that one – definitely hoping to see her win.

Let us know your favorites and reactions in the comments!

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