Saturday 9 February 2013



Director Frank Darabont's uplifting 1994 prison drama The Shawshank Redemption starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman has been named the best Oscar nominee to miss out on the prestigious Best Picture award according to new research carried out to launch the dedicated Sky Movies Oscars® / HD channel.

Sky Movies HD asked over 1,000 film fans across the UK & Ireland to vote on the 'Best Picture' Academy Award nominees that never won the Oscar to mark the launch of the channel, which will show Oscar winners 24 hours a day from Monday 11th February through to the channel's exclusive live UK broadcast of the 85th Academy Awards® on Sunday 24th February.

The Shawshank Redemption beat the same director's 1999 adaptation of The Green Mile starring Oscar favourite Tom Hanks, pulling in 13.1% compared with the second place 10.6%. Both dramas were adapted from original material from author Stephen King.

Despite being the biggest grossing film of all time, James Cameron's 2009 3D science fiction film Avatar failed to take away the 'Best Picture' award on the night. The film was however named in third place with voters with 6.5%, followed by Steven Spielberg's 1998 acclaimed graphic World War II drama Saving Private Ryan, fourth with 5.4%.

Spielberg's globally loved 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was voted in fifth position (4.9%), edging ahead of George Lucas' original 1977 game-changer Star Wars (sixth place with 4.5%), which would go on to begin the phenomenal franchise of sequels and prequels.

The 1964 London based Disney classic Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke was highly commended by the UK public who voted the film in seventh place in the list (3.7%).

The remainder of the top ten list of ‘Best Picture’ Oscar Snubs tied in eighth place were Brit director David Lean's 1965 epic romance Doctor Zhivago, Quentin Tarantino's 1994 cult mobster film Pulp Fiction and Robert Mulligan’s classic 1962 adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, all bringing in 2.9% of the votes.

The Best 'Best Picture' Oscar Snub, as voted by the UK & Irish public for Sky Movies HD are:

1. The Shawshank Redemption (lost out to Forrest Gump in 1995) – 13.1%
2. The Green Mile (lost out to American Beauty in 2000) – 10.6%
3. Avatar (lost out to The Hurt Locker in 2010) – 6.5%
4. Saving Private Ryan (lost out to Shakespeare in Love in 1999) – 5.4%
5. E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (lost out to Gandhi in 1983) – 4.9%
6. Star Wars (lost out to Annie Hall in 1978) – 4.5%
7. Mary Poppins (lost out to My Fair Lady in 1965) – 3.7%
8. = Doctor Zhivago (lost out to The Sound of Music in 1966) – 2.9%
= Pulp Fiction (lost out to Forrest Gump in 1995) – 2.9%
= To Kill a Mockingbird (lost out to Lawrence of Arabia in 1963) – 2.9%

Director of Sky Movies Ian Lewis said, “Arguably the most prestigious accolade in the film industry, competition is fierce when it comes to the Academy Award® for Best Picture and as we’ve found even some of the nation’s best-loved movies of all time were pipped to the post in this category.

This year’s Oscars® promises yet another close race in this category and once again Sky Movies is thrilled to be bringing the ceremony exclusively to its customers live on the night. We’re also very excited that our customers can enjoy a fantastic selection of the Academy®’s most decorated movies all in one place in the lead up to the big night itself on Sky Movies Oscars® / HD, On Demand and on the move with Sky Go and Sky Go Extra.

The Sky Movies Oscars®/HD channel line-up boasts 10 of last year’s 12 Oscar-winning feature films - including the 5-time Oscar-winning silent film sensation The Artist – as well as a vast array of previous winners including Forrest Gump, Girl, Interrupted, Philadelphia, Kramer vs. Kramer, Pulp Fiction, Boys Don’t Cry and The King’s Speech. The season will also be available On Demand and on the move with Sky Go and with the recently launched Sky Go Extra, which allows customers to download TV from Sky to watch offline, wherever they are.

The Oscars 2013: Red Carpet Live will air from 1130-0130 on Sky Living / HD and Sky Movies Oscars / HD and The 85th Annual Academy Awards will air live exclusively on Sky Movies Oscars / HD from 0130 until 0400 across Sunday 24th and into Monday 25th February.

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