Modified Question of Polls on IMDb Home Page

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Current poll on IMDb Home Page:

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Original Question: Which of the nominees of the Golden Globe Awards 2018 for 'Best Motion Picture, Drama' do you think should win?

Modified Question on Home Page: Which of the 2018 Golden Globe Award nominees in the category for Best Motion Picture, Drama is your favorite?


My Point of View:

I think for an Award Season 'category' related poll the " you think should win?" is better and more appropriate question than " your favorite?". This ultimately affects the result of the poll.

For example:

Among those 5 nominated films, my favorite is 'Dunkirk (2017)', but I think 'Call Me by Your Name (2017)' should win the Golden Globes.
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I disagree.

Granted I get the subtle nuance between "favorite" and "should win", "La La Land" wasn't my favorite Best Picture nominee last year but given how much perfectionism Chazelle put in the film, in every single department (acting, cinematography, scoring, editing, directing etc.), I would have said the film "should win". So yes, "favorite" doesn't mean "should win" though we often wish our favorite to win.

Problem with "should win" is that once the awards ceremony is over, the question is obsolete and pointless, while with "favorite", there's still a valid reason to vote, unless you replace  the "should win" with "should have won" like we do for former Oscar nominees.

Given the frequency of polls getting on a homepage, I'm not sure I like the fact that a portion of them would be timely polls with not value whatsoever after awards season. As a matter of fact, I think these polls should be handled by IMDb editors, many years ago you could vote for your favorite nominee directly in the awards central page, which was a good idea since you generally had the same 3-4 group of nominees in each category. There was no need for one specific poll for each category.

Now, it's Golden Globes nominations, then BAFTA nominations, then SAG nominations, then Oscar nominations... if each award had a specific set of nominees, it would be fine, but it's pretty much the same actors and movies that pop up in these lists, which feels repetitive after a while.
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Well, in this case these are timely polls and "...should win?" question is more appropriate. GG 2018 is yet to come.
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The IMDb Editors retain editorial control of the IMDb Home Page. As such it is at their discretion as to which poll appears on the IMDb Home Page and to change the question for a poll.
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I agree that the question ought not differ substantially from the poll to the home page.

If IMDb would prefer a different question for award polls they can ask us, but actually the preferred "should win" question was requested by IMDb staff.
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Hi Dibyayan -- We really appreciate and value the feedback here and will take this into account for future polls on the homepage. We're looking forward to sharing more polls during this awards season!

All the best,

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