20 FEBRUARY 2009

As speculation mounts over who will take home the coveted gold statuettes at Sunday night's Oscars, hellomagazine.com readers have already decided who they think deserves them. Kate Winslet, Brad Pitt and Heath Ledger all emerged triumphant in our online Oscars poll, in which thousands of votes were cast by those keen to show their support for favourite movies and performers.

Reading-born Kate's turn in The Reader was clearly a hit with readers, whose votes awarded her the best actress title with 51 per cent. This year's ceremony might be the lucky one for the actress, who's been nominated five times but always walked away empty handed. She pipped Changeling actress Angelina Jolie - who garnered 35 per cent - into second place.

The biggest winner of our poll was Heath, who blew all the other best supporting actor contenders out of the water. He's hotly tipped to win a posthumous Oscar, and you clearly agreed, awarding him a staggering 78 per cent. Robert Downey Jr came in second, while Phillip Seymor Hoffman took third.

Voters may have predicted one of the night's big shocks if the Academy agrees that Brad Pitt, rather than hot favourite Mickey Rourke, should be the man adding a best actor statuette to his mantelpiece. With just over half of the vote on his side the screen idol left The Wrestler star trailing behind with just under a quarter of the vote. And Sean Penn came in third with 18 per cent.

Brad's movie The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button proved almost as popular. It took the top spot in our best film section with 41 per cent. Coming second, meanwhile, was multiple Academy Award nominee Slumdog Millionaire.

Vicky Christina Barcelona cast member Penelope Cruz took 42 per cent of the best supporting actress votes, making her the favourite to win, ahead of Doubt actress Amy Adams who took a 18 per cent.

It could be fifth time lucky for The Reader star Kate on Sunday, after she was voted best actress in our online poll ahead of US stars Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep
The Dark Knight star Heath was the clear champion in the best supporting actor section, smashing the competition with an incredible 78 per cent
If our vote turns out to be an accurate prediction of Sunday night's awards there could be a big surprise in store, as Brad trumps Mickey Rourke in the best actor category. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button star won a convincing 51 per cent of the votes