The Words of The Oscars

Pio Calderon · January 21, 2018

Oscar nominations for 2017 will be revealed on January 23. As a tribute to the award-giving body, let’s do a quick post to see which topics commonly appear in Oscar-worthy films.

We look at word clouds made out of plot summaries from Best Picture nominees and winners in the 1928 Oscars ceremony up to 2016.

Plot summaries were scraped from Wikipedia with Beautiful Soup and subsequently processed with Pandas, Textblob and NLTK. Only nouns, adjectives and verbs were retained, and proper nouns and stop words were filtered out. Check out my Jupyter notebook for the complete code.



Now, let’s widen our sample set and include all nominees.

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