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Shawshank leads Oscar losers poll
Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption has topped a poll of films that should have won an Academy Award but never did.

The film topped a similar poll by Radio Times back in 2004, proving its popularity has not waned.

The jail drama, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, was up for seven Oscars in 1995, including best picture, which went to Tom Hanks' Forrest Gump.

Thriller The Sixth Sense was second in Pearl & Dean's online poll of 3,000 people, while Fight Club was third.

TOP 10 OSCARS ALSO-RANS
1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. The Sixth Sense
3. Fight Club
4. Blade Runner
5= It's a Wonderful Life
5= The Great Escape
7= Taxi Driver
7= Psycho
9. Singin' in the Rain
10. Dr Strangelove

Pearl & Dean spokeswoman Kathryn Jacob said: "Although The Shawshank Redemption failed to win a single Oscar on the night, it has certainly since found a widespread cult audience in its place.

"Oscars night always brings a raft of surprises and shocks and looking back, it seems astounding that these classics of cinema failed to be recognised by the Academy.

"The question remains - 'will this year's awards get it right'?"

The Sixth Sense, M Night Shyamalan's ghostly tale starring Bruce Willis, was up for best picture in 2000, but it lost out to American Beauty.

Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter, was up for a best sound effects editing Oscar in 2000, while Ridley Scott's sci-fi movie Blade Runner was up for best visual effects and art direction in 1983.

It's A Wonderful Life (1946) was nominated for five Oscars including best actor for James Stewart, and The Great Escape (1963), up for a best film editing Oscar, were joint fifth in the poll.



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