THE This year, the 2022 Academy Awards made headlines for a variety of reasons and it appears that one of the ceremony’s most controversial moments is now being called into question.
A new report from The Wrap claims that the inaugural Oscars “Fan Favorite” and “Cheer Moment” awards, which have been awarded to Zack Snyder The army of the dead Other Justice League by Zack Snyderrespectively – may have fallen victim to rigged voting.
Both awards were chosen via a Twitter poll conducted by The Academy prior to the event, and The Wrap report says the polls were rigged by automated online robot accounts voting in favor of Snyder’s films.
The report cites two findings from the Tweetbinder hashtag analysis tracking tool, which determined that the most active contributors to both polls were standalone web programs that apparently cast thousands of fake votes for both films.
This saw a one-day spike on February 27, in which more than 25,000 votes were cast, compared to the usual daily average of between 4,000 and 15,000 votes.
David Kirsch, a University of Maryland professor quoted in the article, also argues that the activities of the accounts voting for Snyder “certainly don’t appear to have been generated by a human user.”
Snyder fans are no strangers to showing their love for the director on social media, with the HBO Max release of Justice League by Zack Snyderwhich gave birth to Snyder’s planned cut for the film after he stepped away from the original production due to a family tragedy, ultimately coming after a year-long fan campaign.
Likewise, fans continue to support the restoration of “SnyderVerse”, which would hypothetically allow Snyder to make his previously planned sequels.