The nation’s top picks and Oscar® hopes revealed ahead of 2019 Academy Awards

Published: 26/02/2019
  • New opinion polling has found that Bohemian Rhapsody leads the pack as the most popular film the nation wants to see win Best Picture
  • Brit Olivia Colman beats American Lady Gaga as the most popular female to win Best Actress
  • The nation is crying out to see Emily Blunt and Mary Poppins Returns recognised 
  • Meerkat Movies launches second phase of its Annual Cinema Index to highlight the nation’s love of film:

February 2019: With the Academy Awards fast approaching on the 24th February, with anyone’s guess who might come out top, new consumer polling has today revealed the UK’s top choices for an Oscar®.

The iconic Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody leads the pack for Brits with nearly a quarter (23%) of respondents surveyed agreeing they would like to see the film win Best Picture. In second place, 9% of the nation polled feel musical favourite A Star is Born deserves the award, with 7% opting for Black Panther. Surprisingly, only 1% of those surveyed feel Roma would be the right choice, despite taking best film at the BAFTAs®

The research suggests that the UK is hoping that Rami Malek (23%) will be crowned Lead Actor for Bohemian Rhapsody, with Bradley Cooper coming in as second favourite (11%). Cooper’s acting excellence is particularly felt with women; 16% would like to see Cooper take the prize as Lead Actor, versus only 7% of men surveyed.

Although murmurs have arisen that Christian Bale may well win his second Oscar, only (7%) believe he deserves Best Actor, less than a third of those that voted for Malek.

According to the polling, it seems the nation is torn over which female actress made waves in 2018 film. Olivia Colman’s stellar performance in The Favourite pips Lady Gaga to the prize, as 18% of Brits surveyed believe she should be crowned Lead Actress which is reflected in her recent Best Actress win, in comparison to 16% rooting for Gaga. The Favourite particularly appealed to the over 55s with 11% believing it should win Best Picture, versus only 5% of 18-24s.

Many would argue that underdog Emily Blunt deserves more credit than she’s given as the public’s third most popular choice, despite the fact she hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar® for her performance in Mary Poppins Returns. The theme continues with Mary Poppins Returns polling strongly amongst other categories, with 13% agreeing the film should receive praise during award season, even though it wasn’t nominated for any major award categories. Indeed, those that do follow the awards aren’t always convinced by the outcomes, with 22% admitting they tend to disagree with the results.

If new categories were introduced, Brits would be keen to see an award for the Best Stunt (26%) and Best Cameo Performance (15%).

When asked about the decisions they take following film award ceremonies, 14% look to award nominees or winners to help them decipher what to watch. Others (52%) rely on their own opinion when choosing what to see on the big screen. With Meerkat Movies available all year round, members can see all the big hits on the big screen, regardless of the outcomes of the awards!

Pier Paolo Pettineo

Head of Meerkat Movies
Compare the Market

“With the final decision on who will win the awards this weekend still anyone’s guess, it’s been great to see such a strong slate of films delighting fans up and down the country.

2018 was a record-breaking year for cinema, seeing 4.3 million people taking advantage of 2 for 1 cinema tickets with Meerkat Movies. With more hotly anticipated films coming up, 2019 is set to be the biggest yet.”

The full Meerkat Movies cinema index can be viewed here:

Notes to Editors

*Based on a poll of 2,000 consumers, carried out by OnePoll in January 2019 and a poll of 3,000 consumers, carried out by OnePoll in December 2018


Bohemian Rhapsody 23.30%
A Star is Born 8.60%
Black Panther 6.65%
The Favourite 5.80%
Mary Poppins Returns 5.40%
Avengers: Infinity War 4.50%
Mamma Mia 2 4.30%
Deadpool 2 4.00%
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 3.30%
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald 2.85%


Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody 23.35%
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born 11.15%
Christian Bale, Vice 6.95%
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool 2 6.50%
Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 6.00%
John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie 4.75%
Tom Cruise, Mission Impossible 2 4.10%
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book 3.05%
Chris Pratt, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 3.00%
Jason Statham, The Meg 2.80%


Olivia Colman, 'The Favourite' 17.80%
Lady Gaga, 'A Star Is Born' 16.35%
Emily Blunt, 'Mary Poppins Returns' 11.45%
Glenn Close, 'The Wife' 4.65%
Lily James, 'Mamma Mia 2' 4.65%
Keira Knightley, 'Colette' 4.20%
Nicole Kidman, 'Destroyer' 3.85%
Melissa McCarthy, 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' 3.05%
Claire Foy, 'The Girl in the Spider's Web' 2.60%
Sandra Bullock, 'Oceans 8' 1.95%

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