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0001a0_2 First off, let’s say this about Internet polls. Based on our own scientific research here at Movie Smackdown, it appears that approximately 37.25 billion readers must land on your site to generate a single vote. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration but, the point is, a lot of traffic must tramp its way through a site to get decent poll numbers. So each voter has a grave responsibility, representing that Silent Majority of opt-out readers.

This year’s poll of the Oscar favorites attracted hundreds of our most thoughtful readers (see how much we’re willing to pander to those activists?) and they have spoken. We asked them not to vote for the film they think will win but for the film they think should win. They’ve given us a statistical tie between “Inglourious Basterds” and “Avatar” with Tarantino’s film getting the official win. Here are the rest of the results:


#1    Inglourious Basterds 22.2%
#2    Avatar
#3    The Hurt Locker
#4    Up 11.5%
#5    Up in the Air 10.0%
#6    Precious 7.0%
#7    District 9 5.6%
#8    The Blind Side 4.1%
#9    A Serious Man 3.3%
#10  An Education 3.0%

Does this mean “Inglourious Basterds” is going to take home a trophy? Or even that “Avatar” will? Probably not. You see, not all our readers have seen “The Hurt Locker” but everybody who voted at the film Academy has, and they’ve seen the ads, and talked to their friends and watched the other awards shows. They seem likely to give it to that film most people have missed in the theaters.

On the other hand, upsets happen. That’s probably the main reason we watch the damn show anyway.

About Bryce Zabel 196 Articles
Drawing inspiration from career experiences as a CNN correspondent, TV Academy chairman, creator of five produced primetime network TV series, and fast-food frycook, Bryce is the Editor-in-Chief of "Movie Smackdown." While he freely admits to having written the screenplay for the reviewer-savaged "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation," he hopes the fact that he also won the Writers Guild award a couple of years ago will cause you to cut him some slack. That, plus the fact that he has a new StudioCanal produced feature film, “The Last Battle,” shooting this summer in Europe about the end of World War II. He's also a member of the Directors Guild, Screen Actors Guild, and a past enthusiast of the Merry Marvel Marching Society. His new what-if book series, “Breakpoint,” just won the prestigious Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and has so far tackled JFK not being assassinated and The Beatles staying together.
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