The Digital Footprints of 2012′s Oscar Nominees for Directing

What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news. For first time visitors a more in-depth explanation of what the PeekScore is, and how to increase your own, can be found by clicking through here.

Here’s our second PeekScore list to tie-in with the 84th Academy Awards (you can see the first entry – wherein we rank the acting nominees – here). This time we take a look at the nominees for Best Director.

This list is comprised of three bona fide living legends (and, in our humble opinion, geniuses), a well-established, respected, and previously nominated helmer, and an Oscar newcomer.

As always, we’re not here to grade these men on their filmmaking skills, and we’re not offering odds on their Oscar wins or losses. We’re simply calculating and reporting on where these men stand in terms of the impact they’re each making here in cyberspace. All five have a presence here, but none greater than that of Mr. Allen, who as of this writing is brandishing our ultimate PeekScore of 10. It seems surprising at first glance, perhaps, but if you poke around the Web a bit, you do see that Woody, his life, and his work are mentioned throughout the ether with tremendous frequency; his recent spike in visibility due to awards season only solidifying his cyber-notoriety.

Are you pleased with the Academy’s choices? Who would you rather have seen nominated? Who do you think might win? Who do you think should? Let us know in the comments.

Rank Picture Name Nominated For PeekScore
1

Woody Allen Midnight in Paris 10.00 / 10.00
2

Martin Scorsese Hugo 9.54 / 10.00
3

Terrence Malick The Tree of Life 8.78 / 10.00
4

Alexander Payne The Descendants 8.39 / 10.00
5

Michel Hazanavicius The Artist 8.31 / 10.00

The Digital Footprints of 2012′s Oscar Nominees for Acting

What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news. For first time visitors a more in-depth explanation of what the PeekScore is, and how to increase your own, can be found by clicking through here.

Among the many things a new year’s dawn brings (wintry months, Super Bowls, Golden Globes, and such and such), little is a source of more brouhaha and hubbub than the Academy Awards. This year is the 84th that Hollywood is throwing this lavish shindig in its own honor, and the nominees to possibly be receiving the statues they’ll be handing out during it have now been announced.

If you’re familiar with our PeekScore blog, you probably can guess what follows next. But let us tell you anyway: First by the appropriate category (actor or actress, primary or supporting), and then followed by a full survey of all 20 acting nominees, we’ve ranked the celebrated men and women by the sizes of their digital footprints (an explanation of which can be found at the start of this entry, and also by clicking through here). We make no statements regarding the qualities of the various performances being recognized, nor are we commenting on the likelihoods of the assorted and inevitable victories and defeats. This is a measurement of how greatly the respective impacts of these men and women are felt here in cyberspace, and how these impacts compare to one another. Let the showbiz pundits opine on that other stuff, we just comment on how much people matter on the Internet.

While the list contains veterans and newcomers, superstars and character actors, everyone nominated surely has a presence here on the web; with the weakest PeekScore still rather reasonable. As awards season has already been underway for a spell, and these names have all been receiving their share of coverage as a result, this is clearly a factor in bolstering the scores of the otherwise lesser knowns.

(After reading through the various categories, scroll through to the bottom to see the full list of all 20 nominees.)

Best Actor

Rank Picture Name Nominated For PeekScore
1

Brad Pitt Moneyball 10.00 / 10.00
2

George Clooney The Descendants 10.00 / 10.00
3

Gary Oldman Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 9.20 / 10.00
4

Jean Dujardin The Artist 9.04 / 10.00
5

Demián Bichir A Better Life 8.09 / 10.00

Best Actress

Rank Picture Name Nominated For PeekScore
1

Meryl Streep The Iron Lady 9.91 / 10.00
2

Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn 9.54 / 10.00
3

Rooney Mara The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 9.39 / 10.00
4

Glenn Close Albert Nobbs 9.31 / 10.00
5

Viola Davis The Help 8.89 / 10.00

Best Supporting Actor

Rank Picture Name Nominated For PeekScore
1

Kenneth Branagh My Week with Marilyn 9.27 / 10.00
2

Nick Nolte Warrior 9.23 / 10.00
3

Christopher Plummer Beginners 9.20 / 10.00
4

Jonah Hill Moneyball 9.08 / 10.00
5

Max von Sydow Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close 8.84 / 10.00

Best Supporting Actress

Rank Picture Name Nominated For PeekScore
1

Jessica Chastain The Help 9.02 / 10.00
2

Melissa McCarthy Bridesmaids 8.74 / 10.00
3

Bérénice Bejo The Artist 8.42 / 10.00
4

Octavia Spencer The Help 8.34 / 10.00
5

Janet McTeer Albert Nobbs 8.14 / 10.00

And here is the full master list, with all 20 nominees sorted by their PeekScores.

1. Brad Pitt - 10.00
2. George Clooney - 10.00
3. Meryl Streep - 9.91
4. Michelle Williams - 9.54
5. Rooney Mara - 9.39
6. Glenn Close - 9.31
7. Kenneth Branagh - 9.27
8. Nick Nolte - 9.23
9. Gary Oldman - 9.20
10. Christopher Plummer - 9.20
11. Jonah Hill - 9.08
12. Jean Dujardin - 9.04
13. Jessica Chastain - 9.02
14. Viola Davis - 8.89
15. Max von Sydow - 8.84
16. Melissa McCarthy - 8.74
17. Bérénice Bejo - 8.42
18. Octavia Spencer - 8.34
19. Janet McTeer - 8.14
20. Demián Bichir - 8.09