As Madonna reigns atop the celebrity singer charts, another aging male rocker has more than exceeded his previous box office earnings in the celebrity style chart.
Adam Sandler, 64, beat out the likes of Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake when Google surveyed its global users on their thoughts about celebrity style. It’s not the first time Sandler has dominated Google’s style rankings. In 2009, Sandler and Sandra Bullock beat out Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen DeGeneres and George Clooney, who appear to have seen significant drop in fashion popularity in the years since Google released its inaugural list.
That year, Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am topped the list, racking up 40,000 vote, giving him 3.3 percent of the total ballots cast. He died in December at 43.
The status of celebrity style is always tricky to compare. The 2011 movie, “The Expendables,” is probably the most egregious example of this when it comes to an attempt to compare Sandler’s style to action movies of the 1980s.
From the top of the chart, Sandler claimed 9,900 votes, followed by Timberlake with 9,700 votes. Swift appeared in the third spot with 9,700 votes. These days, all this small world gives us is one big question: Did “The Big Short” star Steve Carell earn his third top spot appearance on the style chart or did “Citizenfour” director Laura Poitras take the first?
“As for the real Oscar frontrunner,” Google says of its rankings, “Citizenfour” proves to be a highly influential true story. The documentary earned an 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, which is the highest of any film that is not the final word in sport. Carell doesn’t have any critics with a glowing 85 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, but he tied Poitras on 9,800 votes.
“Citizenfour” isn’t just a beautiful true story with a secret government informant. It is also a challenging film to watch because some passages in it are unflinching. The best way to appreciate it is to watch it without preconceived notions about it; those expecting the best thriller about the Clinton Presidential Library you can handle can’t comprehend the unvarnished truth they’re witnessing.
Citizenfour is in the running for three Oscars next month; it is nominated for Best Documentary Feature and Best Editing as well as Best Cinematography. Even though it missed out on Best Editing, Poitras is nominated as Best Documentary Director.
That still leaves its subject up against Sandler and Timberlake. Ambitious but no fan of commercial pop culture, Sandler’s music career hasn’t seen quite the success of Timberlake’s lyrics. But this slight success in the world of fashion, combined with his ever-expanding body of work and eclectic tastes, has given him the perfect role to reclaim his top spot on the Google search for celebrity style.
The best-dressed list seems to tell a similar story. Both Timberlake and Sandler ranked in the top ten of the best-dressed individuals in film released between 2015 and 2017, according to IMDb.
Though there is no love for Swift on the trend chart, the “reputation” music star has plenty of internet fans, but her award wins may have hurt her popularity even more. Her 13 Grammy nominations earned her nominations in 12 categories and those nominations clearly register on Google style charts as being especially disappointing for Gaga fans, who lost out on seven of the nominated categories.
Who knows what will become of “Citizenfour” next year, but it’s hard to imagine the film will stay out of the top ten like a Colbert, without either a best motion picture nomination or a directing nomination for Poitras.
Who knows, maybe we can all agree that just four-years-old, Mo’Nique might be the best-dressed Oprah.
-Bradford Edwards is a Los Angeles-based writer, blogger and original contributor for “The Boombox.” Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
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