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Investigating Mode in the Academy Awards


Investigating Mode in the Academy Awards


  • Mode
  • Mean
  • Median

Student Exploration

The Academy Awards is an award show and ceremony decided to recognizing excellence in the movie industry. Awards are given to the actors, actresses, directors, cinematographers, costume designers, and many other people that play a role in making films excellent. The Academy Awards are also referred to as the Oscars, see the following article link for a history of why \rightarrow http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/about/awards/oscar.html.

1. In the most recent Academy Awards what was the mode for movie nominations? And for which film? Use the following website http://oscar.go.com/
In 2012 the mode for movie nominations was 11 and for the film “Hugo.” Close behind was the film “The Artist” with 10 nominations.
2. In the history of the Academy Awards, what is the mode for the director awards? And for which director?
As of 2012 the mode for director Academy Awards was John Ford who won for four films; “The Informer” (1935), “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940), “How Green was my Valley” (1941), and “The Quiet Man” (1952).
3. Now complete your own Internet search and find what is the mode for the number of times one person has hosted the Academy Awards?
The mode for the hosting the Academy Awards is 18. Bob Hope hosted the Academy Awards 18 times (10 times by himself). Billy Crystal hosted the Academy Awards 9 times.

Image of the Academy Awards Oscar statuette.

Extension Investigation

4. What is mean number of Oscar nominations films received in the most recent Academy Awards?
In 2012 the mean for movie nominations was 2.4, as there were 157 nominations to 65 different films.
5. What is the median number of Oscar nominations received in the most recent Academy Awards?
In 2012 the median for movie nominations was 1.
6. The Academy Awards is one awards ceremony that determines excellence in the movie industry. If you were to survey your friends and/or classmates about their favorite films, how would you do so? Brainstorm effective methods. Then describe your method for collecting this data and then conduct your survey.
a. Calculate the mode of the data you collected.
b. Calculate the median of the data you collected.
c. Calculate the mean of the data you collected.
d. Which provided the most useful information? Explain why.

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Connections to other CK-12 Subject Areas

  • Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion
  • Mean
  • Median

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