Priyanka second most searched Oscar celebrity

Leo may have been number one, but Bollywood beauty was a close second


Ians March 01, 2016
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Leonardo DiCaprio may have won finally won an Oscar and subsequently become the top most searched celebrity in India, but Bollywood beauty Priyanka Chopra was a close second.

Although contributing about two per cent of the global searches for the Oscars, India still made it to the top 10 markets for Oscar searches, stated Google.

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As much as 50 per cent of all Oscar searches worldwide originated from the US.  Markets that made up the next 30 per cent of the search share included Britain, Canada, Australia and Spain.

"Compared to 2015, this year has seen an unprecedented 70 per cent year-on-year growth in queries for the Oscars. January 2016 saw two times spike in searches in comparison to December 2015," the company said in a statement.

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The top searches for Oscars 2016 from India included Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director, Google said.

Top searched nominees in Best Picture category were The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Room, Bridge of Spies, Spotlight and The Big Short.

For Indian fans, Leonardo DiCaprio emerged as the most popular nominee in the race for best actor, followed by Matt Damon (The Martian).

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Incidentally, DiCaprio also emerged as the most searched Best Actor nominee across the US.

Among the Best Actress nominees, Cate Blanchett (Carol) was the most searched nominee followed by Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Brie Larson (Room), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years).

In the US, the two best searched nominees in this category were Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence.

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"In 2016, searches around the Oscars are trending to be the top query worldwide in the art and entertainment category", Google added.

The same trend was seen in India as well. All varieties of queries were typed by the users -- around the awards, award dates and nominations, Google said.

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