Analysts from Crowdpac, a group that compiles campaign finance data, examined records of actors, producers, directors and crew members who worked on this year’s Oscar-nominated films in search of a correlation between the message of their film and the political views of their creators.
Crowdpac assigned each person a score based on their donor history, ranking them from most liberal to most conservative. The analysts then tallied an average score for each Best Picture-nominated movie.
As many already assume, the film industry is notoriously liberal. In 2012, celebrities donated more than $800,000 to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, compared to just $76,000 for Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to FEC data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. Actor Clint Eastwood, who “supported” the Romney campaign by carrying a conversation with an empty chair during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., did not even cut a check to the GOP effort that year.