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<I>Video Store</I> Readers Put A <I>Ring</I> Around the Oscars

2 Mar, 2002 By: Jessica Wolf

Video Store Magazine readers think Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring deserved the most Oscars this year, but voted for A Beautiful Mind as best picture.Results of Video Store Magazine's first Academy Awards Readers' Picks poll also selected A Beautiful Mind's Ron Howard as director of the year and the film's stars, Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, as best actor and best supporting actress. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was the readers' pick in eight of the film's 13 nominated categories — best supporting actor (Ian McKellen), best original score, best editing, best visual effects, best adapted screenplay, best cinematography, best makeup and best original song (Enya's "May It Be").More than 1,300 votes were tallied during the five-week-long voting process conducted on Hive4media.com. Voting ended four days before the Awards ceremony and a random drawing next week will award DVD players to three entrants.It was a close race for the Readers' Picks best actress category. Moulin Rouge's Nicole Kidman edged out In the Bedroom's Sissy Spacek by only seven votes. Readers also chose Moulin Rouge as the winner for best sound, best art direction/set decoration and best costume design.There was no doubt which animated film readers favored most. Shrek gathered a majority of the votes in the new best animated feature film category.Readers picked one of the industry's favorite video sleepers of 2001, Memento, as best original screenplay For the most part, Video Store Magazine's Readers' Picks results were in line with other industry polls and predictions. However, Entertainment Weekly predicted Spacek would win for best actress, Gosford Park for best screenplay, Memento for best editing, Black Hawk Down for best sound and Lord of the Rings for best set decoration. Voters in a poll conducted by movie-information Web site Internet Movie Database selected Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson as best picture and best director. Voters in imdb.com's poll also gave best sound and best costume design picks to Rings.A complete list of Readers' Picks winners follows:

Best Picture
A Beautiful Mind
(Universal and DreamWorks) A Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment Production; Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, producers

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Russell Crowe
(A Beautiful Mind)

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nicole Kidman
(Moulin Rouge)

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
(DreamWorks) Aron Warner, producer

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Ian McKellen
(The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Connelly
(A Beautiful Mind)

Best Director
Ron Howard
(A Beautiful Mind)

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Christopher Nolan; story by Jonathan Nolan

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson

Best Editing
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
John Gilbert

Best Cinematography
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Andrew Lesnie

Best Music, Original Score
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Howard Shore

Best Music, Song
"May It Be"
(The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
Music and Lyrics by Enya, Nicky Ryan and Roma Ryan

Best Sound
Moulin Rouge
Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Roger Savage and Guntis Sics

Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
Pearl Harbor
George Watters II and Christopher Boyes

Best Costume Design
Moulin Rouge
Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie

Best Makeup
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Peter Owen and Richard Taylor

Best Art Direction, Set Decoration
Moulin Rouge
Art Direction: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Brigitte Broch

Best Effects, Visual Effects
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook, Richard Taylor and Mark Stetson

Best Foreign Language Film
A UGC Images Production, France

Best Short Film, Animated Film
For the Birds
A Pixar Animation Studios Production; Ralph Eggleston, director

Best Short Film, Live Action
Copy Shop
A Virgil Widrich/Multimediaproduktions G.m.b.H. Production; Virgil Widrich, director

Best Documentary Feature
War Photographer (Films Transit) A Christian Frei Filmproductions; Christian Frei, director

Best Documentary Short Subject
Artists and Orphans: A True Drama
A Not by Chance Production; Lianne Klapper McNally, director

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