Affleck's Argo was your Oscar winner
HAVING scooped both the Bafta and Oscar for the top film of 2012, Ben Affleck's Argo is also your choice as the best movie of the year.
Culture joined forces with our website and the Phoenix cinema in the city to find out what Leicestershire film fans would have chosen if they had been given the power to decide the Oscars.
Our online poll closed on Sunday, just before this year's Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood.
We counted the votes and then waited to see how they compared with the actual results.
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In Hollywood, there was no big winner overall, with the Oscars being split amongst the leading contenders.
Argo, based on a true story of a mission to rescue American diplomats from revolutionary Iran, was named Best Picture – winning out over the much-fancied Lincoln.
Lincoln director Steven Spielberg also missed out, with the Academy preferring Ang Lee for Life of Pi.
The Best Actress Oscar went to Jennifer Lawrence for the offbeat romantic drama Silver Linings Playbook, whilst Daniel Day-Lewis was named Best Actor for a record third time for his portrayal of Lincoln.
And it was a big thumbs up for the Oscar voters – with our on-line poll mirroring the real awards.
Daniel Day-Lewis was your runaway winner, securing more than 50 per cent of all votes cast. Jennifer Lawrence was also a clear winner, with 36 per cent. It was much closer in the Best Director category, with Ang Lee narrowly beating Steven Spielberg. Argo was also a narrow winner for Leicestershire film fans with 24 per cent of votes, just ahead of Lincoln and Les Miserables with 20 per cent each.
Jake Harvey, film programmer at Phoenix, where all the major Oscar contenders have been on view, says: "It's really interesting that our poll has thrown up the same results.
"Clearly Day-Lewis was a red hot favourite but Jennifer Lawrence winning so easily was more of a surprise.
"I think Argo will stand up over the years as a quality thriller and certainly its grainy style has appealed to film goers, although it has traded on people taking it as fact when, although it's based on the truth, I'm not sure it has ever claimed to be totally correct."
Jake is bemused by the Best Director category, however.
He says: "I can't understand how you say this is the best picture but it had nothing to do with the direction. Ben Affleck didn't even get an nomination. And if Ang Lee was the Best Director, how could he have not made the Best Picture? I guess that's auteur theory but it seems to me that the two go hand in hand."
Argo's success is good news for one particular Phoenix film goer.
We put all the people who predicted Argo as the Oscar winner into a hat for the chance to win a Golden Ticket offering a year's free film viewing at the venue. We can now reveal the winner is Ian Geary of Amyson Road, Leicester. Congratulations to Ian.