February 23, 2012 6:00am PT by Sophie Schillaci
MTV Fans Select Their Oscar Picks: 'The Help,' Brad Pitt, Martin Scorsese (Exclusive)
When the Academy reveals its winners on Sunday, the members may not see eye-to-eye with moviegoers.
According to a poll hosted by MTV’s NextMovie.com, fans selected The Help as their favorite to take home the Best Picture trophy with a landslide 41% of the votes. Coming in second place is The Artist with 17%, trailed by Moneyball with 10%.
“The Artist may be the favorite among industry types, but if the fans had their way The Help would be the big winner on Oscar night,” said NextMovie editor in chief, Scott Robson. “Regular moviegoers really responded to The Help at the box office, and their support really carries through in our poll.”
Viola Davis was selected as the favorite for Best Actress, while Brad Pitt was chosen in the Best Actor category. Surprisingly, George Clooney received a meager 14% of votes -- making him the bottom pick in that category.
Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer may have swept awards season thus far for their respective supporting roles, but MTV fans chose Bridesmaids funny lady Melissa McCarthy and Warrior’s Nick Nolte as their favorite supporting actress and actor. In the Best Director category, Martin Scorcese received an overwhelming 48% of votes – with runner-up Michel Hazanavicius notching only 25%.
The findings are in stark contrast to The Hollywood Reporter Awards analyst Scott Feinberg’s predictions, which see The Artist taking home Best Picture, Hazanavicius as Best Director and Jean Dujardin winning Best Actor, with Plummer and Spencer nabbing Best Supporting honors. The sole similarity: Viola Davis, whom Feinberg has predicted to earn the Best Actress honor.
As for those Oscar snubs: 34% of fans wished that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 received a best picture nom, while 32% would have liked to see Michael Fassbender nominated for his leading role in Shame.
“Fans are clearly astounded that Harry Potter couldn't cast a spell over the Academy. By a huge margin, they believe that leaving Deathly Hallows Part 2 out of the Best Picture field is the year's biggest snub,” added Robson.
Who will the Academy ultimately choose? Tune in on Sunday Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT to find out. Below, find the full results from MTV’s poll.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (Best Picture) - 34%Michael Fassbender, Shame (Best Actor) - 32%
Ryan Gosling, Drive (Best Actor) or Ides of March (Best Supporting Actor) - 16%
Bridesmaids (Best Picture) - 7%
Albert Brooks, Drive (Best Supporting Actor) – 6%
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants (Best Supporting Actress) - 5%
THE HELP- 41%
THE ARTIST – 17%
THE DESCENDANTS- 6%
EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE – 5%
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS- 5%
TREE OF LIFE- 4%
WAR HORSE- 4%
VIOLA DAVIS, The Help- 34%
MERYL STREEP, The Iron Lady - 30%
ROONEY MARA, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - 17%
MICHELLE WILLIAMS, My Week With Marilyn - 13%
GLENN CLOSE, Albert Nobbs - 6%
BRAD PITT, Moneyball - 28%
JEAN DUJARDIN, The Artist - 24%
GARY OLDMAN, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - 18%
DEMIEN BICHIR, A Better Life - 16%
GEORGE CLOONEY, The Descendants - 14%
MELISSA MCCARTHY, Bridesmaids - 37%
OCTAVIA SPENCER, The Help - 33%
JESSICA CHASTAIN, The Help - 14%
BERENICE BEJO, The Artist - 10%
JANET MCTYRE, Albert Nobbs - 6%
NICK NOLTE, Warrior - 64%
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, Beginners - 20%
JONAH HILL, Moneyball - 10%
MAX VON SYDOW, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - 4%
KENNETH BRANAGH, My Week With Marilyn - 2%
MARTIN SCORCESE, Hugo - 48%
MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS, The Artist - 25%
TERRENCE MALICK, Tree of Life - 12%
WOODY ALLEN, Midnight in Paris - 10%
ALEXANDER PAYNE, The Descendants - 5%