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Sunday, March 21, 1999 Published at 00:55 GMT

Spielberg and Paltrow your Oscar winners

Hanks, Spielberg, Shakespeare in Love and Paltrow - your winners

Shakespeare in Love and Saving Private Ryan split the voting in the BBC News Online 'Oscars'.

Steven Spielberg and Gwyneth Paltrow swept to victory in the best director and best actress categories, and with over 6,500 votes you also said Shakespeare in Love was best picture and Tom Hanks best actor.

Click here for your vote results

An intriguing precursor to the real event on Sunday night, you split the awards down the middle, giving Shakespeare in Love and Saving Private Ryan two awards each.

Oscars '99
On Hollywood's big night, we will have coverage of all the results, the glitz and the glamour from Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles - and you will be able to see if the Academy concur with your votes for the top Oscars.

Shakespeare in Love's top gong was won by a confident margin over Saving Private Ryan.

The period piece also took your vote for best actress with Gwyneth Paltrow's performance as the bard's inspirational lover. Paltrow polled nearly twice as many votes as second place Cate Blanchett - the Australian actress who played the eponymous English queen in Elizabeth.

Spielberg by a mile

Steven Spielberg was a clear winner for best director of Saving Private Ryan.

In a run-away win he polled nearly as many votes as the rest of the nominees - John Madden, Roberto Benigni, Petra Weir and Terrence Malick - put together.

Oscars '99
You voted Tom Hanks top actor for his performance in the World War II depiction of the landings at Omaha beach, clearly preferring him over Roberto Benigni and Ian McKellen.

Young American actor Edward Norton, nominated for his performance as a troubled teenager in American History X polled the lowest number of votes in any category in the vote.

But he shouldn't be too downhearted as the film has not been widely released outside America and is yet to hit British screens.

The Thin Red Line, also not widely released yet, will hope for more favourable voting on Sunday night when the Academy unveils its choices.

As the first Terence Malick film for 20 years, some parts of the showbiz world are hoping the unconventional study of the nature of humanity and war will take at least one of the seven Oscars it is nominated for.

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