Poll: Americans Want 'Crash' for Best Picture

All winter long, critics, guilds and other awards-givers have endorsed "Brokeback Mountain" as the year's best picture. Given the same choices as the Academy, though, the American people may go another way.

According to a semi-scientific poll of 1016 demographically diverse Americans conducted via phone by the Harris Poll people, 20 percent of all people polled said that "Crash" should win best picture at Sunday (March 5) night's Oscars. "Brokeback Mountain" finished a distant second with 13 percent of the vote, followed by "Good Night, and Good Luck" with 10 percent apiece. "Capote" was the longshot with a paltry four percent, though the four straggling nominees finished behind both "Crash" and the surprisingly popular "None of these" option (18 percent).

"Crash" drew the support of people of all types including women (21 percent), men (18 percent), African-Americans (42 percent), Hispanics (28 percent), Democrats (28 percent) and Republicans (18 percent). It should be noted that the actual winner with men and Republicans was "None of these." Republican men are just tough to please.

"Brokeback Mountain" can take solace in two important things: First, among people aged 61 and over, "Brokeback" beat "Crash" 13 percent to three percent ("Good Night" actually won in that age range with 15 percent). Second, and perhaps most importantly, all these people consulted by the Harris Poll? They don't get a real vote.

Among Harris respondents, Joaquin Phoenix of "Walk the Line" was the easy best actor choice with 32 percent, beating "Brokeback" star Heath Ledger, who has 15 percent. Although he's considered a prohibitive favorite to win the Oscar, Philip Seymour Hoffman of "Capote" got only eight percent. Oh and Terrence Howard of "Hustle & Flow" may have only received two percent of the support from white folks, but he got 40 percent of the African-American vote.

On the best actress side, 43 percent of the people Harris talked to supported Reese Witherspoon of "Walk the Line." Nobody else was really close in any demographic or age range.