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Our readers' Oscar predictions nearly spot on

March 1, 2004
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From the crowning of Charlize Theron as the new queen of Hollywood to the clean sweep of The Lord Of The Rings, there were admittedly few surprises at this year's Academy Awards. And in our on-line poll, our Oscar-savvy readers' opinions nearly matched the Academy's – in five out of six categories, our winners coincided with those who took home the gold in Los Angeles.

On-line voters overwhelmingly picked best actress winner Charlize, who received a whopping 48 per cent of the vote, as their number one golden girl, while in the supporting category, a full two-thirds picked Cold Mountain's Renee Zellweger to put her in the number one spot. Best supporting actor Tim Robbins also came out on top in our poll, with nearly one-third of voters choosing him as their favourite nominee.

Peter Jackson's 11-trophy The Lord Of The Rings triumph was also reflected in our survey. Seventy-one per cent of the best film votes went to the final instalment of the big screen trilogy, and nearly 70 per cent chose the New Zealand born filmmaker as tops.

However, there was one big upset in our on-line poll. While Sean Penn fought off competition from Bill Murray and Johnny Depp to scoop the best actor trophy at the Oscars, there was no stopping the Pirates Of The Caribbean star in the vote. Johnny was the favourite with a total of 56 per cent, easily pipping Sean's 18.

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The only category in which our readers didn't coincide with the Academy was best actor. Our winner was Johnny Depp, while Sean Penn actually took home the gold Photo: © HO/AMPAS
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Charlize easily came out on top in our on-line Oscar poll with nearly half of voters choosing her as best actressPhoto: © AFP

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