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Thursday, 20 December, 2001, 23:51 GMT
Moulin Rouge is viewers' favourite
Moulin Rouge
The first and second placed films were both set in Paris
Moulin Rouge has been voted the best film of the year by viewers of the UK's most popular movie review TV show.

A poll for BBC One's Film 2001 found that the colourful musical and love story, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, was the fans' favourite.

Film 2001 films of the year
1. Moulin Rouge
2. Amelie
3. AI
4. Shrek
5. Bridget Jones' Diary
6. The Man Who Wasn't There
7. Harry Potter
8. Amores Perros
9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
10. The Others
The viewers agreed with the Golden Globe Awards panel, who have made the film one of the front-runners for the awards, with six nominations.

Bittersweet French comedy Amelie came second in the viewers' poll.

Amelie was one of the surprise hits of the year, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Audrey Tautou as the scatty Parisian waitress who does good deeds around the city.

The Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick project, AI: Artificial Intelligence, came third despite a lukewarm reception from critics and an unspectacular performance at the box office.

Brad Pitt is a Moulin Rouge fan
Brad Pitt is a Moulin Rouge fan
Animated adventure Shrek was fourth, while the second most successful film of the year at UK cinemas, Bridget Jones' Diary, was fifth.

The most successful film at box offices was Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which only came seventh.

Nicole Kidman had two appearances on the top 10, with The Others at number 10 in the vote.

Thursday's edition of Film 2001, presented by Jonathan Ross, also revealed the favourite films of the year of a number of stars.

George Clooney and Matt Damon both chose the Coen brothers' black and white drama The Man Who Wasn't There.

Gladiator won the Film 2000 poll and an Oscar
Gladiator won the Film 2000 poll and an Oscar
Brad Pitt - who stars in Ocean's Eleven with Clooney and Damon - could not decide between The Man Who Wasn't There and Moulin Rouge.

Russell Crowe revealed his taste for romantic comedies by choosing Bridget Jones' Diary, while Kevin Spacey went for the Francis Ford Coppola's reissue, Apocalypse Now Redux.

Charlie's Angels star Drew Barrymore picked Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a musical about a German drag queen.

Last year, Gladiator came top of the Film 2000 vote - and went on to win best picture at the Oscars.

See also:

20 Dec 01 | Film
Rouge leads Globes shortlist
03 Sep 01 | Reviews
Marvellous Moulin Rouge
07 Sep 01 | Reviews
Moulin Rouge: Your views
13 Sep 01 | Reviews
Moulin Rouge: Press views
22 Dec 00 | Entertainment
Gladiator triumphs in Film 2000 poll
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