Power to the people! Academy be damned! In EW’s sixth annual online Oscar poll, more than 11,000 of your votes have been tallied, and you’ve weighed in on the most egregious snubs as well. While we’re not exactly Price Waterhouse, here are the results at press time:
As Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New York, Daniel Day-Lewis is a cut above the rest for Best Actor with 39.8% of the vote, but Jack Nicholson is only a (thinning) hair behind (33.8%). The Pianist’s Adrien Brody ranks third (13.9%), while Nicolas Cage (Adaptation) and Michael Caine (The Quiet American) are well below the radar with 7.4% and 5.1%, respectively.
For Best Actress, The Hours’ Nicole Kidman leads the pack with 47% of the vote, while Far From Heaven’s Julianne Moore trails with 21%, and Golden Globe and SAG winner Renee Zellweger (Chicago) taps out at third place (18.7%). There’s little love for Unfaithful’s Diane Lane (8.1%) and Frida’s Salma Hayek (5.2%).
After his Golden Globe win in January, Adaptation’s Chris Cooper is stealing the Best Supporting Actor race with 40.1% of the vote. Fueled by his recent SAG win, Catch Me if You Can’s Christopher Walken (16.5%) runs just ahead of Chicago’s John C. Reilly (15.5%) and Road to Perdition’s Paul Newman (15.1%). As for Ed Harris, seems this wasn’t his finest Hours: Voters cast him last (12.7%).
SAG winner Catherine Zeta-Jones high-kicked it to the top of the Best Supporting Actress race (39.1%), while Meryl Streep and her Hours castmate Julianne Moore hold steady at second (23.5%) and third (19.8%). In fourth place, Chicago long shot Queen Latifah (9%) didn’t razzle-dazzle ‘em, and it looks like Kathy Bates’ hot-tub scene in About Schmidt didn’t bubble over into votes (8.6%) either.
In the Best Picture race, voters are rooting for Chicago (55.5%). Other contenders, like The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (19.6%), are as distant as Middle-earth: The Hours (11.8%) is in third, with Gangs of New York (8%) and The Pianist (5.1%) getting fourth and fifth billing.
Despite the Chicago fire, Gangs’ Martin Scorsese leads for Best Director (49.3%), with the musical’s helmer, Rob Marshall, trailing in second (30.4%). The Pianist’s Roman Polanski (8%) edges out The Hours’ Stephen Daldry (7.4%), and Talk to Her’s Pedro Almodovar (4.7%) remains quiet in last place.
Show of jazz hands: Who thinks Chicago’s Richard Gere was ripped off for a Best Actor nod? Quite a few of you, judging by his No. 1 spot in our Snubs Poll (33.7%). Favored Best Actress Jennifer Aniston (The Good Girl) also gets a shout-out from her online friends (33%), while supporting disses are shared by Far From Heaven costars Dennis Quaid (48.9%) and Patricia Clarkson (28.3%). The Two Towers’ Peter Jackson is The Lord of the Snubs (51.8%) for Best Director, but in your alternate universe, Far From Heaven wins Best Picture (32%) – just above Adaptation (26%) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding (19.3%).
THE SHOW MUST GO ON (AND ON, AND ON)
”The Oscars actually will go on March 23 as scheduled. It will be a very safe environment. I’m bringing my family there.” – Gil Cates, Oscar telecast producer