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Americans think “The Help” should win Best Picture Oscar

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The Best Picture Oscar is the most-coveted prize at this Sunday’s 84th Academy Awards ceremony. The odds-on favorite to win best picture is “The Artist,”  the homage to Hollywood ‘s silent film era. However,  most Americans believe “The Help,” the story of two African-American maids living in Mississippi during the civil rights movement,  should walk away with that honor, according to a survey by The Harris Poll.

Last week, 2,239 adults were surveyed online by Harris and 21 per cent said “The Help” should win best picture. “War horse” got 9 per cent of the vote, “Moneyball 7 per cent, “The Artist” 6 per cent, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” 5 per cent, “The Descendants” 5 per cent, “Hugo” 3 per cent, and “The Tree of Life” 2 per cent.  Oh, 34 per cent were not sure who should win and 6 per cent said none of the nominated films should be the victor. Here are poll results for two more major categories.

Best Actor

George Clooney “The Descendants” 23%
Brad Pitt “Moneyball” 16%
Gary Oldman “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” 10%
Jean Dujardin “The Artist” 7%
Dimian Bichr “A Better Life”  1%

The rest did not know who should win or felt none of the nominated should get the award

Best Actress

Viola Davis “The Help” 23%
Meryl Streep “The Iron Lady” 22%
Rooney Mara “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” 11%
Michelle Williams “My Week with Marilyn” 7%
Glenn Close “Albert Nobbs” 4%

The rest did not know who should win or felt none of the nominated should get the award

Some good news for veteran host Billy Crystal and the Academy. Fifty per cent of those who participated in this poll feel Crystal will be better compared to host from the previous years.

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