Movie fans give Oscar to "Juno": E-Poll/Reuters
By Mike Collett-White
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lighten up, Oscar voters. If movie fans picked the best film this Sunday, comedy "Juno" would eclipse grim front-runners "No Country For Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood," according to an E-Poll/Reuters survey.
"Juno" star Ellen Page, who plays a pregnant teen in the movie, would triumph over Cate Blanchett in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" for best actress, and Johnny Depp for "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" would edge out George Clooney in legal thriller "Michael Clayton" among best actor nominees.
Julie Christie and Daniel Day-Lewis, the presumed front-runners for the top acting awards for their starring roles in "Away From Her" and "There Will be Blood," are not as well-liked among everyday moviegoers, E-Poll Market Research found.
The survey conducted for Reuters found a huge disconnect between fans and voters at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who give away the world's top film awards.
About 72 percent of those surveyed said the academy's best film choices were influenced by critics and Hollywood insiders.
"With the darker and more violent movies up for nomination, the lighter fare 'Juno,' with very relatable and interesting characters, is the audience's choice," said Gerry Philpott, president of E-Poll.
The survey of 1,100 adults was conducted between Thursday and Saturday, and showed 29 percent of respondents favored "Juno," 25 percent chose "No Country For Old Men" and 20 percent "Atonement." The Oscars will be presented on Sunday.
"Juno" tells of a pregnant 16-year-old who encounters problems with the couple who want her baby. Other best film nominees are "Michael Clayton," grisly "No Country For Old Men," "There Will Be Blood" with Day-Lewis as a ruthless oilman and romance "Atonement," partly set in World War Two. Continued...