Oscars 2010: Brits Colin Firth and Helen Mirren come out top in our readers poll


Colin Firth received the most votes by far in the poll for his performance in A Single Man


Helen Mirren triumphed over her Bafta-winning fellow Brit Carey Mulligan in the best actress category 


In the battle between exes James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow over best picture, the former's Avatar triumphed over Kathryn's Iraq war thriller The Hurt Locker 

As Academy members cast their votes for who they think deserve the gongs on Oscar night this Sunday, hellomagazine.com readers have been busy voicing their own opinions – and the results of our poll are now in.

The biggest winner by far in any category was former Mr Darcy, Colin Firth. The Bafta-winning star won a staggering 82 per cent share of the vote in the best actor section for his touching performance in designer-turned-director Tom Ford's A Single Man.

The Love Actually star easily beat out bookies' favourite and five-time Oscar nominee Jeff Bridges, who received just six per cent of the share, as well as former winner Morgan Freeman, who won 5 per cent of the vote for his portrayal of the great Nelson Mandela in Invictus.

And another Brit emerged triumphant in the best actress category. Surprisingly, though, it was 2006 best actress winner Helen Mirren rather than recent Bafta-winner Carey Mulligan who readers thought most merited a famous gold statuette.

The Queen star just beat out double Oscar winner Meryl Streep with 32 per cent of the vote for her role in The Last Station, leaving Carey in third and Blind Side actress Sandra Bullock fourth.

James Cameron's sci-fi spectacular Avatar was dubbed the most deserving best picture winner by you, beating his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow's film The Hurt Locker into fourth spot by 19 per cent. Second was A Serious Man and third, An Education.

In the best supporting actress category, readers preferred Precious star Mo'Nique's performance to Nine cast member Penelope Cruz, who is looking to make it two gongs in a row this Sunday after her win for Vicky Cristina Barcelona last year.

And voters predicted a upset in the supporting actor section, voting veteran Canadian actor Christopher Plummer's performance in The Last Station ahead of Christoph Waltz's already multi-award-winning turn in Inglourious Basterds.


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