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Aviator wins viewers' Oscars vote

Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese was a popular choice in the vote for best director

Martin Scorsese's epic movie The Aviator is the fans' choice for best picture at the Oscars, a poll on the BBC News website has suggested.

The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett, got 28% in a vote for best picture, followed by Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby and Ray.

Scorsese was your preferred best director with 44% in that category.

Johnny Depp is the popular choice for best actor with 31%, while Kate Winslet won 36% of the vote for best actress.

A total of 46,842 votes were registered in the four polls up to 2210 GMT on Sunday.

Close battle

But the public vote counts for little in the Oscars race - the real winners are voted for by more than 6,000 movie professionals in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In the fans' poll, the battle between the best picture nominees was relatively close.

Finding Neverland had 23%, Million Dollar Baby attracted 18%, just ahead of Ray with 17%, while Sideways garnered 14%.

Jamie Foxx was close behind Depp in the best actor vote with 28% while among the actress nominees, Imelda Staunton had 24% and Hilary Swank got 22%.

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