The big prize's out: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rosamund Pike win HT Oscars

  • Jyoti Sharma Bawa, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 22, 2015 12:38 IST

Before the men and women who comprise Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences jury give away those statuettes this weekend in LA, it was your chance to decide your winners via HT Oscars.

And boy, did you guys come out and vote for your favourites among the nominees this year!

Thanks for the amazing response (2,500 when we counted last) and it is time we hold our own ceremony for the big four – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress – which have been decided by your votes.

Let’s begin with Best Actress in a Leading Role where nominees include Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). While the Oscar favourite appears to be Moore who has swept the SAGs, the Golden Globes (drama), and the BAFTAs, your unequivocal choice is Pike for her chilling turn as Amy Dunne. With almost 45% of votes, she had a lead on Moore who got about 27% of votes

*Bring out the drums! Rosamund Pike wins HT Oscar for Best Actress

If anything, the race for Best Actor in a Leading Role was even more one-sided. We blame the humongous female fan base of The Imitation Game actor Benedict Cumberbatch. The Sherlock star was nominated along with fellow Brit Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Michael Keaton (Birdman), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) and Steve Carell (Foxcatcher). Even though all bets are on Redmayne who has won all major awards in the category till now, 46.3% of votes went to Cumberbatch making him our winner. Cooper was a distant second with 24.3% of votes.

*And the HT Oscar for Best Actor goes to... Benedict Cumberbatch

Will Birdman director Alejandro Inarritu swoop down and claim the Best Director award as his own or will it go to Richard Linklater for the artistic achievement that is Boyhood? Also in the race are Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game and Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher. The DGA Award is said to be the best predictor for this category and that went home with Inarritu. However, your choice in the category is Linklater for his coming-of-age film Boyhood. With 27.5% of votes, he is followed closely by Miller (24.8%).

*Make way for Richard Linklater, HT Oscar winner in Best Director category

This is the prize fight every year: Which film was great enough to be called THE film of the year. This year the fight is between Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Selma, Whiplash, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything. While it is said to be a two-horse race between Boyhood and Birdman, you threw up an unlikely choice – the Alan Turning biopic starring Cumberbatch.

With 33.8% of votes, The Imitation Game was a clear winner, its closest competitor Boyhood having received 18.2% votes.

*And the HT Oscar for Best Picture goes to... The Imitation Game

(The online poll for HTOscars was conducted between February 16 and February 21)

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