From Millionaire to Milk: Zip.ca members vote for their Oscar favourites

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Do fan favourites match critical acclaim?

All eyes will be on Hollywood this Sunday night as the 81st Academy Awards fete the best of the best in the film industry. While industry insiders may have the final say when it comes to Academy voting, it's the fans that make or break a movie at the box office. Once again, Zip.ca has reached out to our members to see who they think will take home Hollywood's most coveted award.

Over the past few weeks, Zip.ca's over 40,000 members have had the opportunity to take part in our annual Oscar poll, voting for their favourites' in four categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. While historically our members have been very accurate in predicting Oscar winners, we wanted to see how our choices compared to those of prominent film critic Roger Ebert, to get an early idea of how things might turn out.

Slumdog Millionaire was the odds on favourite for Best Picture, capturing 57 percent of Zip member votes, more than double that of second place The Curious Case of Benjamin Button garnering only 26 percent. Roger Ebert agreed, giving Slumdog Millionaire the thumbs up. Danny Boyle, director of the breakout Bollywood hit also received 57 percent of Zip votes and the nod from Ebert to receive the award for Best Director.

Zip.ca members are clearly hoping for Kate Winslet to take home the Oscar for her role in The Reader (57%), while Roger Ebert was less decisive giving even odds to Winslet and Meryl Streep for her turn in Doubt.

The dividing line between the popular critic and Zip.ca's members was drawn in the Best Actor category. Zip.ca members threw their support behind sentimental favourite Mickey Rourke for his comeback role in The Wrestler. Rourke received 45 percent of Zip votes while Sean Penn pulled in 33 percent. Those members may be on to something as Roger Ebert stands firmly behind Penn for his role in Milk.

All of these nominated films and more than 72,000 others are available on DVD for rent at Zip.ca.

About Zip.ca:
Zip.ca (http://www.zip.ca) is Canada's leading DVD rental service, offering the largest selection, best service and best value in DVD rentals and purchases. Zip.ca offers Canada's most extensive DVD library (over 72,000 titles and growing), and provides members with 24/7 online convenience for creating and managing their own personal ZipLists of must-see movies, television shows, music videos and other video selections. With a variety of low-priced monthly membership plans, Zip.ca provides the best value and convenience in DVD rentals - with no deadlines, no late fees and no hassles. Since opening its virtual doors to Canadian movie lovers on February 11, 2004, Zip.ca has shipped over 11 million rental DVDs to members, from highly-automated distribution centres in Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. Zip.ca is part of the Momentous.ca family of online enterprises, providing customers with high-quality high-value online services.

Media Contact:
Shelagh O'Connor
(613) 866-9956
shelagh (at) zip.ca

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