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Brokeback Mountain your Oscar tip
Brokeback Mountain
Bookmakers are backing Brokeback Mountain
Cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain has topped a BBC News website poll of readers' picks for the best film Oscar.

The film took more than half of the 14,000 votes for best film, with director Ang Lee also the readers' choice to pick up an Oscar.

More than 45,000 users voted in total to find the readers' best film, director, actress and actor winners.

The Oscars are taking place in Hollywood with Brokeback Mountain favourite to win the key awards.

Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain) and Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) came out on top in the actors' vote.

BBC News vote
Your votes for 2006 best picture winner

In a separate BBC News website vote Peter Jackson's Return of the King was the readers' choice for the greatest best picture Oscar winner of the past 10 years.

Brokeback Mountain took 51% of the vote for users' favourite best picture nominee. It is also the bookmakers' favourite to win the Oscar.

The film's lead Ledger received twice as many votes as his nearest rival for the readers' choice of best actor, while Witherspoon took a third of all votes for the choice of best actress.

Readers' favourite best picture winner of the last 10 years

Ang Lee dominated the votes for best director choice taking 53% of the 9,200 votes cast.

Bookmaker William Hill has Lee and Witherspoon as favourites to win Oscars, with Philip Seymour Hoffman as favourite to win best actor.

Hoffman was second in the vote of BBC News website users to win the Oscar.

In the vote to find readers' favourite Oscar winning film of the past decade the final film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy was the clear winner with more than 25% of the 24,000 votes cast online.

American Beauty, best picture winner in 2000, took second place while Gladiator, winner in 2001, was in third spot.

There will be full coverage of the 78th Academy Awards on the BBC News website throughout Sunday 5 and Monday 6 March. There will also be an Oscars 2006 special on BBC News 24 and BBC World at 0930 GMT on Monday, which is streamed live on this website.


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