“In a world of ones and zeroes, you are the absolute master.” So declares the late Dr. Silas Stone (Joe Morton) to his son Victor (Ray Fisher) aka Cyborg in Justice League. Thanks to Silas’s cutting-edge technology and some help from a Mother Box, Cyborg has not only super-strength but also complete control over the internet. “No firewall can stop you, no encryption can defy you,” Silas intones via tape recorder.
While it was Flash entering the Speed Force and not the Cyborg sequence that won the fan-voted “Cheer-worthy Moment” award for Zack Snyder’s Justice League at this year’s Oscar ceremony, reports suggest that advanced technology was at play. According to findings by The Wrap, evidence shows that bots were deployed to automatically vote for Zack Snyder’s Justice League and for Army of the Dead, the Netflix horror movie directed by Snyder. The former took the “Cheer-worthy Moment” award, while the latter was voted “Fan Favorite.”
The Wrap’s claims draw from data reported by Tweetbinder, an analytics tracking tool. According to Tweetbinder, most voters on those polls were automated programs and not human users, allowing them to cast thousands of votes for their preferred movie.
The findings are just the latest black eye in this year’s Oscar program, which has received much criticism. The first sign of trouble occurred when the Academy announced that it would not air the presentation of awards for film editing, makeup and hairstyling, music, and other categories. Later, the Academy revealed that the ceremony would be hosted by three hosts: comedians Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer, and actor Regina Hall.