Oscars prove to be dating gold


March is Oscars time, meaning everyone’s talking movies. It presents a perfect opportunity to organise a date.

Going to see a film has always been a popular dating activity, and talking about your favourite movies is a great way to break the ice with someone you are interested in.

But in the world of romance there are movies, and then there are movies you should never mention, even if they have won an Oscar.

Our research has discovered that in some cases, even if a film has been awarded the industry’s highest accolade, declaring a fondness for it in your dating profile could mean you’ll be going to the cinema with only popcorn for company in the foreseeable future.

The opposite, though, is also true. There are some Oscar winners that seem to spark a messaging frenzy if you mention them in your profile.

With Oscar making his annual appearance in Hollywood, the data experts at eharmony decided to examine the impact of mentioning a winner in a dating profile.

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They looked at the communications activity of more than 300,000 eharmony users who mentioned an award-winning flick in their Relationship Questionnaire and discovered that to do so is an overwhelmingly positive move.

But there are some surprising differences between men, women and age groups when it comes to finding a movie-loving lover. For instance, millennials (aged 25 to 34) receive three times as many communications if they list the 1980 Oscar winner Ordinary People in their profile.

And how’s this for good intel, fellas … men who like the 1983 weepy Terms of Endearment receive a staggering 184% more communication than those who don’t mention a movie at all.

Conversely, think twice about professing a love for Driving Miss Daisy (1989), because men who do so will see their inbox volume halved.

Another anomaly is that some films boost a man’s chances but dent a woman’s. Chariots of Fire, for instance, ramp up a man’s message traffic by an amazing 128 percent, but if women mention the movie they are handicapped by a 45% reduction in communications.

The best film for a woman to mention is 1971 Oscar winner The French Connection, which will double the traffic to their inbox.

Other silver screen boosters for women are 1972’s The Godfather (62% more messages) and 1979’s Kramer vs Kramer (60% more).

For men, mentioning 2013’s 12 Years a Slave (138 percent) is up there with Chariots of Fire and Terms of Endearment as crowd pleasers.

Overall, the Oscar winners that received the most mentions across all eharmony users were:

1 Titanic (1997)

2.The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

3.The Departed (2006)

4.The Godfather (1972)**

5.The Sound of Music (1965)

6.Forrest Gump (1994)

7.The King’s Speech (2010)

8.Rocky (1976)

9.Gladiator (2000)

10.Braveheart (1995)

Interestingly, when combining the film data with eharmony’s compatibility-based questions, users’ movie preferences can sometimes correlate with specific personality traits.

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For example, looking for a clever lover might be as simple as asking how they feel about The Godfather.

Aussie fans of Titanic seem to be more athletically minded and agreeable than the average, while devotees of The Departed score a bit higher than average on the attractiveness scale. They are also more likely to value monogamy in (especially evident in male fans) and score higher on cleverness. Women who list The Departed are also more athletic than average.

It is clear from the data that movies make a good talking point and for the most part boost messaging, so perhaps it’s time for you to stroll down the red carpet to the Oscars and pick a winner for your dating profile.

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