Americans favor "Lincoln" for top Oscars: poll

Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:05pm EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Director Ben Affleck and "Argo" may have been the big winners at the Golden Globes, but many Americans think Steven Spielberg and "Lincoln" should take home the top Oscars at next month's awards.

Nearly a quarter of Americans questioned in an Ipsos poll for Reuters thought the Civil War drama "Lincoln" should win the Oscar for best picture at the 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 24. Spielberg was also their top choice for best director, with 36 percent choosing him.

Only 4 percent of Americans thought "Argo," which depicts the rescue of American diplomats in Iran in the 1970s, should win the Academy Award for best picture.

The poll results have little if any implication for who will ultimately win the Oscars, which are voted on by movie industry professionals.

The Golden Globes are sometimes looked to for hints on the eventual Oscar victors, the biggest prizes in the film industry, as many Globe winners have gone on to Oscars success. But Affleck is not even in the running for best director after he was snubbed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which announced its nominations last week.

Americans chose Daniel Day-Lewis as their clear favorite to follow up his Golden Globe win for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln with a best actor Oscar.

Twenty-two percent chose him over Denzel Washington in "Flight," who polled 16 percent while Hugh Jackman, who won a Golden Globe for his role in the musical "Les Miserables" was third.

But the choice for best actress was less clear cut. Twelve percent of the 1,158 Americans polled voted for Naomi Watts as the distraught mother in the tsunami drama "The Impossible," followed by 10 percent for Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook" and 9 percent for Jessica Chastain in the search for Osama Bin Laden thriller, "Zero Dark Thirty."

Lawrence won the Golden Globe on Sunday for best actress in a comedy or musical, while Chastain took home the prize for best actress in a drama.   Continued...

Daniel Day-Lewis accepts the "Best Actor" award for "Lincoln" at the 2013 Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni