Slumdog Millionaire Is People's Favourite For Oscar Winsby Contributor | 21 February 2009
Golden Globe winner Slumdog Millionaire has been voted the film people would most like to claim the best picture Oscar this Sunday.
The Mumbai-set drama has already won seven Baftas and four Golden Globes and is the favourite to claim the top prize at this year's Academy awards.
And according to a poll carried out for HMV's film and music social networking site getcloser.com, Slumdog Millionaire would win the prize if the victor was decided by the public.
An overwhelming 59 per cent of voters named Slumdog Millionaire as their favourite to win best picture, with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button a distant second on 22 per cent.
The results were similar in the best director category of the getcloser poll, with 59 per cent of voters naming Danny Boyle as their choice for Oscar glory.
In the acting categories, the getcloser members picked Mickey Rourke and Kate Winslet for the top prizes, and Taraji P Henson and the late Heath Ledger for the supporting awards.
"This poll of film fans on getcloser.com suggests that Slumdog Millionaire has a great chance of building on its Baftasuccess by also prevailing in the key best picture and directing Oscar categories - although it's likely to face a much stronger challenge from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button this time around," said Matt Potter, content manager for getcloser.com.
"The one thing I feel we can all say with a much greater degree of certainty, however, is that a posthumous Oscar will be awarded to Heath Ledger for his memorably manic portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight."