Americans pick 'Lincoln,' 'Les Miserables' for Oscar glory - poll

Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:54am IST

Actors Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried (L-R) laugh as they pose for photographers as they arrive for the world premiere of ''Les Miserables'' in London December 5, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Actors Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried (L-R) laugh as they pose for photographers as they arrive for the world premiere of ''Les Miserables'' in London December 5, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

REUTERS - If Americans had their say, presidential drama "Lincoln" or musical "Les Miserables" would win the best picture Oscar next month, while Anne Hathaway and Daniel Day-Lewis should take home the movie industry's top prizes for acting, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

Americans also think epic fantasy "The Hobbit," slavery Western "Django Unchained" and shipwreck tale "Life of Pi," should be front-runners for the coveted best picture statuette, according to the online survey of 951 people.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce on Thursday the films and names of those who will compete for Oscars after a secret ballot by its 6,000 members working in the movie industry.

According to awards watchers, while both "Lincoln" and "Les Miserables" are expected to be among the 5-10 official best picture contenders on Thursday, "The Hobbit" is considered a long-shot, despite its popularity at the worldwide box office.

Americans looked to be on the money when 27 percent of those questioned picked Hathaway as a likely Oscar winner for her role as the tragic heroine of "Les Miserables", and 18 percent picked Day-Lewis for his performance as U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

Both actors are seen as leading contenders for Oscar glory at the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood of February 24.

But in other areas, the poll showed a wide divergence between popular favorites and likely contenders. Some 52 percent of those questioned had seen none of the 24 movies on the Ipsos poll list.

Meryl Streep, who has a record 17 Oscar nominations and three wins, is not expected to be among this year's contenders. But 57 percent of those polled thought Streep should be a top five finalist for her role as a frustrated wife in comedy "Hope Springs" and she came second to Hathaway as their top pick to win again in February.

Among favorite actors, Americans chose Day-Lewis (18 percent), Denzel Washington's alcoholic pilot in "Flight" (16 percent), Hugh Jackman's turn as convict who makes good in "Les Miserables" (10 percent) and Jamie Foxx's performance as a slave-turned-bounty-hunter in "Django Unchained" (7 percent) as their top picks for Oscar glory.

In the best picture category - the biggest prize at the Oscars - those interviewed chose "Lincoln" (18 percent), "Les Miserables" (13 percent), "The Hobbit" (12 percent), "Django Unchained" and "Life of Pi" (both 6 percent), "The Dark Night Rises" and Bond movie "Skyfall" (both 5 percent), as the films they would pick to win.

The poll was conducted between Jan 8-9 and has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

(Reporting By Jill Serjeant; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Photo

After wave of QE, onus shifts to leaders to boost economy

DAVOS, Switzerland - Central banks have done their best to rescue the world economy by printing money and politicians must now act fast to enact structural reforms and pro-investment policies to boost growth, central bankers said on Saturday.

Movie Reviews

Reuters Showcase

Obama Arrives

Obama Arrives

Bear hug with Modi gets Obama's India trip off to warm start.  Full Article | Pictures 

Japanese Hostages

Japanese Hostages

Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands hostage release.  Full Article 

Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine Crisis

Pro-Russian rebels attack key port; Ukraine says at least 30 dead.  Full Article 

Australian Open

Australian Open

Nadal, Sharapova charge into quarters as top brass shine.  Full Article 

Row over Film

Row over Film

Group says 'American Sniper' film spurs threats against Muslims.  Full Article 

Movie Review

Movie Review

Dolly ki Doli is a breezy watch, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article | Related Story 

Akshay Kumar's Latest

Akshay Kumar's Latest

"Baby" is a smartly written, well-acted film  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device  Full Coverage