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The big question on everybody’s lips, however, is how the actual winners tallied up to FXhome’s own polls, which opened a month ago and have been taking in votes ever since.
FXhome vote - Finding Neverland
Oscar goes to...Million Dollar Baby
The Academy disagreed strongly with the FXhome crowd for the big award. Million Dollar Baby only garnered 8% of the vote here, but ran away with it at the ceremony. FXhomers far preferred the biopics, with the moving, whimsical Finding Neverland just beating musical legend Ray.
The Aviator came a solid third, which could be considered slightly surprising given its high profile. Even Sideways scored higher than Million Dollar Baby, though - good to see FXhome voting for the little guys and not just going with the flow.
FXhome vote – Clint Eastwood
Oscar goes to…Clint Eastwood
The Academy agreed with FXhome, continuing its thirty year disregard of Martin Scorsese, instead giving the Oscar to good old Clint Eastwood.
Few would argue that The Aviator is Scorsese’s best film, but it was nevertheless his best shot at the gong in years. Then again, they didn’t acknowledge him for Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or Goodfellas, so perhaps nothing can make them see the light?
It was an incredibly tight draw at FXhome, with only a handful of votes separating the top places, with Taylor Hackford coming in at fourth. Poor Mike Leigh didn't get a single vote, but this could be more due to the narrow release of Vera Drake rather than anything else.
FXhome vote - I, Robot
Oscar goes to...Spider-Man 2
Debate raged back and forth on this one. While Harry Potter soon found himself unexpectedly disregarded in a low third place, Sonny and Spidey fought it out in an epic struggle that ended with I, Robot drawing ahead at the last minute to get a comfortable 9-vote lead.
All three of the films had their fair share of cutting edge and mediocre effects, making it a particularly difficult decision. As John Dykstra said in his acceptance speech, "Boy, am I glad there wasn't a fourth episode of The Lord of the Rings!"
FXhome vote - The Passion of the Christ
Oscar goes to...The Aviator
Another incredibly tough category, with all the nominated films featuring their own unique and brilliant visuals. The FXhome vote was surprisingly deccisive, going straight for Gibbo's Bible epic, while the Oscar went for the more obvious choice of The Aviator.
Best Film Editing
FXhome vote - Collateral
Oscar goes to...The Aviator
With the low-end votes evenly spread between The Aviator, Finding Neverland and Ray, the FXhome vote went firmly with Collateral, garnering a massive 56% of the vote. The Academy, on the other hand, preferred The Aviator's decade-spanning yarn to Michael Mann's tightly woven night-time thriller.
That's it, folks, over again for another year. Let us know what you think of the results, both those above and the other categories!