- SKY MOVIES HD POLL UNITES PAIR WITH SPIELBERG, FREEMAN AND DENCH FOR THE ULTIMATE FAN CHOICE -
Film fans have named their 'Ultimate' Oscar(r) line-up as a combination of Titanic starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, directed by Steven Spielberg, according to new research from Sky Movies HD.
Morgan Freeman and Dame Judi Dench would be the ideal support cast according to the poll of over 1,000 UK and Irish film fans, commissioned to highlight Sky Movies HD's 8th consecutive year of covering the Oscars(r) live on Sunday 26th February. This year's live coverage begins with Oscars(r) 2012: Red Carpet Live simulcast across Sky Movies Premiere/HD and Sky Living/HD before The 84th Annual Academy Awards(r) hosted by movie critic Alex Zane on Sky Movies Premiere/HD. Oscars(r) 2012: The Highlights will air at 10pm on Monday 27th February on Sky Living/HD.
The epic disaster movie Titanic, which originally won a total of 11 Academy Awards(r) in 1997 was named the Ultimate Best Picture winning film with 10.2% of the vote, followed by Schindler's List with 9.6% and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - which received 9.4% despite rivalling the winner's haul of 11 Oscars(r).
Double Oscar(r) winner Tom Hanks narrowly stole victory over Sir Anthony Hopkins to take the Ultimate Lead Actor crown with 14.1% compared with the Welshman's 14%. Hardman Robert De Niro followed in third position in the poll with 10.4%.
Current awards favourite Meryl Streep - the most nominated actress of all time - was a clear winner as the Ultimate Lead Actress with 18.7% of votes. With two Academy Awards(r) already under her belt and a third possible for The Iron Lady, Streep even overtook British acting royalty Dame Helen Mirren (14.4%) and Dame Maggie Smith (8.1%). Voters put on a clearly patriotic display, choosing UK names over such US luminaries as Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock.
The owner of one of the most recognisable voices in movies, Morgan Freeman took the honours for the Ultimate Supporting Actor with 17.6%, taking the edge over double-Oscar(r) winners Michael Caine (10.1%) and Denzel Washington, third with 9.9%.
Brit legend Dame Judi Dench secured her position in the line-up with the top place as the Ultimate Supporting Actress, taking over a fifth of votes (21.6%) and striding ahead of runners up Meryl Streep and Maggie Smith - both also named in the Best Actress category. Other names completing the top five in this category were Angelina Jolie and Whoopi Goldberg who received 8% and 7.3% respectively.
Completing the 'Ultimate' Oscar(r) line-up was the nod for Ultimate Best Director, which went to double Oscar(r) winner Steven Spielberg with a unanimous 40% of the final vote. Spielberg's nearest competition for the crown was this year's hopeful Martin Scorsese with 10.1% and Clint Eastwood with 7.8% of the vote.
Sky Movies presenter and Oscars(r) anchor Alex Zane comments: "Well, film fans clearly know a winning combination when they see one and with an impressive combined 19 gold statuettes to its - as yet untitled - name, it's safe to say this 'Ultimate' Oscar(r) movie would be one spectacular watch! Now as for this year's winners, you're going to have to join me on the night to find out who will be taking home the most sought-after accolades in Hollywood as I present Sky Movies' live and exclusive coverage of The Academy Awards(r)'"
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