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Saturday, February 21, 2009

MD Poll: Gold Rush 2008

After four weeks and over four hundred votes each, the 2008 MD Oscar Polls are now closed. And the winners are ... not that far off from who everyone is predicting will take home the gold tomorrow night at the real Academy Awards.

Slumdog Millionaire, The Wrestler's Mickey Rourke and The Reader's Kate Winslet won Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress easily, each with over 40% of the vote. Not surprisingly, The Dark Knight's Heath Ledger had a landside victory for Best Supporting Actor, with close to a whopping 70% of the total votes cast. The closest race was for Best Supporting Actress, with Vicky Cristina Barcelona's Penélope Cruz finally coming out on top. See the comments section below for the complete stats on all five polls.

And be sure to tune in tomorrow night to ABC for the 81st Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman, who (as you can see here) has been busy preparing for the Big Show. As usual, Movie Dearest will be live blogging all the winners for both the Oscars tomorrow as well as the Independent Spirit Awards later today (hosted by Hamlet 2's Steve Coogan and airing on IFC).

And finally, to get you in the mood for the big night, here's another swell video montage of this year's Academy Award nominees.


  1. If You Picked the Oscars 2008:

    Best Picture - Total Votes: 463
    1. Slumdog Millionaire - 41.7%
    2. Milk - 23.3
    3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - 20.5
    4. The Reader - 9.3
    5. Frost/Nixon - 5.2

    Best Actor - Total Votes: 480
    1. Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler - 47.3%
    2. Sean Penn in Milk - 30.8
    3. Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - 10.8
    4. Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon - 6.7
    5. Richard Jenkins in The Visitor - 4.7

    Best Actress - Total Votes: 481
    1. Kate Winslet in The Reader - 47.2%
    2. Meryl Streep in Doubt - 27.4
    3. Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married - 11.9
    4. Angelina Jolie in Changeling - 8.5
    5. Melissa Leo in Frozen River - 5.0

    Best Supporting Actor - Total Votes: 483
    1. Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight 68.3%
    2. Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder - 9.9
    3. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt - 8.7
    4. Michael Shannon in Revolutionary Road - 7.7
    5. Josh Brolin in Milk - 5.4

    Best Supporting Actress - Total Votes: 447
    1. Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona - 29.3%
    2. Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler - 23.0
    3. Amy Adams in Doubt - 18.6
    4. Viola Davis in Doubt - 17.9
    5. Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - 11.2

    Thanks to all who voted!

    - kch

  2. I'm surprised Amy Adams tracked higher than Viola Davis. Not to knock Ms. Adams, but there was something about her simpering act that got incredibly irritating after the first half hour. To quote a friend of mine, "I didn't know if she was supposed to be naive or borderline retarded."