Zack Snyder’s Justice League Oscar win faces allegations of rigging through Twitter bots, Academy defends result

Days after a news report claimed that the Oscar win for Best Cheer Moment for Zack Snyder’s Justice League may have been rigged, the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences has defended the result. This year, the Oscars introduced two new categories that were not judged by the jury but by the fans through online voting on Twitter. A scene from Zack Snyder’s Justice League won the Best Cheer Moment award by collecting the maximum number of votes. On Friday, a news report analyzing the hashtag for the vote claimed that most of the “voters” were most likely paid bots, indicating that the vote was rigged. Also read: Zack Snyder’s Justice League review: An exhausting but exciting epic

The Best Cheer Moment category included iconic scenes from movies from the years. Among the nominees were Avengers, which merged into Avengers: Endgame, the iconic ball scene from The Matrix, and scenes from Dreamgirls and Spider-Man: No Way Home. The scene where Flash (Ezra Miller) entered the speed force in the climax of the Zack Snyder movie won the award. Many fans and experts had expressed surprise at the scene that won over others more popular and iconic.

On Friday, The Wrap published a report in which they used a tool to analyze the hashtag used to vote. Their results showed that “the most active accounts that contributed to the Oscars for fan-favorite movies were probably automated bots.” This suggested that someone bought the fines and rigged the vote in favor of the winner – Zack Snyder’s Justice League. However, the article mentioned that the accounts in question can not be “definitively declared” bots. Bots are automatic fake accounts that are commonly used to mass tweet and amplify campaigns and hashtags, usually to tweet hundreds or thousands of times in a day.

On Saturday, Vanity Fair quoted an academic source who defended the film’s win. According to their report, “the source defended the categories’ merits, claiming that only 20 votes could be cast per Twitter handle and that accounts less than a day old were banned from voting.” Telescope, the tabulation company hired to monitor the vote, did not respond to the committee’s request for comment. A representative of Zack Snyder declined to comment on the story, Vanity Fair reported.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is an extended director’s version of the 2017 film Justice League. Zack had started working on the film but left it before it was finished due to a family tragedy. The film was then completed by Joss Whedon. Many of the film’s stars criticized Joss ‘approach and the studio directors’ involvement in the film. They complained that the possible theatrical version was very different from what Zack had imagined. Fans launched a campaign to “release Snyder Cut”, which gained momentum online. Eventually, in 2021, Warner Bros. released the 4-hour clip on HBO Max.

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