Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts named most popular Oscar winners ever

February 22nd, 2009 - 1:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Russell CroweLondon, Feb 22 (IANS) Holyywood stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts have come out triumphant in a poll to find America’s favourite ever Academy Award winners.
Hanks has twice walked away with the Best Actor Oscar, for 1993’s “Philadelphia” and the following year’s “Forrest Gump”.

He saw off competition from Russell Crowe (”Gladiator”) and late star Paul Newman (”The Color of Money”) to be crowned America’s most popular winner of the trophy, according to a joint survey by US magazine Parade and Entertainment Tonight to mark the annual ceremony Sunday.

Roberts, who won an Oscar for her role in “Erin Brockovich” in 2000, was America’s favourite Best Actress winner, beating Reese Witherspoon (”Walk The Line”) and Jodie Foster (”The Accused”) to the honour, reports.

Morgan Freeman was named the top Best Supporting Actor for 2004’s “Million Dollar Baby”, seeing off Sean Connery (”The Untouchables”) and George Clooney (”Syriana”).

Angelina Jolie was recognised as Best Supporting Actress in 1999’s “Girl, Interrupted”, and saw off Renee Zellweger (”Cold Mountain”) and Whoopi Goldberg (”Ghost”) in the poll.

1997’s “Titanic” remains the public’s favourite Best Film winner, ahead of “The Godfather” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”.

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