April 12, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

A Beautiful Mind

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
135 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/21/01
Wide Release Date
01/04/02
performer
Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Ed Harris, Judd Hirsch, Josh Lucas, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Rapp
director
Ron Howard
Producer
Brian Grazer
distributor
Universal
author
Akiva Goldsman
genre
Drama, Biography

Q What is the main reason A Beautiful Mind won Best Picture?

We asked you for some insight into the Mind-set of the Academy members who voted for this year’s winner—and 25,141 visitors were up to the task. Thirty-five percent of you felt it was the performances of Russell Crowe (above) and Jennifer Connelly that earned the film top honors; roughly half that many credited Akiva Goldsman’s script, and about the same number saw the influence of the studio’s well-publicized PR campaign. As for how the rest voted—well, you do the math…

The acting 35%
The script 18%
The aggressive studio PR campaign 17%
The direction 14%
The critical acclaim 10%
The box office success 3%

Like controversy? Vote on this week’s new question only on AOL at Keyword EW Poll and read the Hot Topic at ew.com/hottopic

Crunching Numbers
Before the Academy Awards telecast drove a huge global audience to their TV sets, it drove huge numbers to their computers. Here are the most-visited Oscar-related sites as measured by worldwide traffic on Sunday, March 24.

Visitors

imdb.com 646,000
eonline.com 379,000
oscar.com/oscars.com 309,000
ew.com 106,000
oscar.org/oscars.org 51,000

* Source: Comscore

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