NewsWire: AOL Moviefone Poll Christens Rings "Best Movie" - The Hollywood Reporter

by Paul Bond

LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) --- "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" is the favorite movie among American Internet users, according to a poll from AOL Moviefone.

The poll attracted more than a million participants and might be the biggest online poll ever. "It probably is; we just can't prove it," a spokesman said.

"Rings" also took best director for Peter Jackson and best actress for Liv Tyler. The popularity of "Rings" among Internet audiences was hardly a surprise because of its years-long online following leading up to its release, said Russ Leatherman, the founder and famous voice of AOL Moviefone.

"Shrek" took two of the seven categories, one for Eddie Murphy's supporting actor role and one for the best line in a movie: "Oh, no, no, no, no. Dead broad OFF the table!" as spoken by Mike Myers in the title role.

The controversial behavior of the real John Nash didn't deter audiences from naming Russell Crowe best actor for his performance in "A Beautiful Mind," and Nicole Kidman took best actress for "Moulin Rouge."

The so-called American Moviegoers Awards poll ran for a month, ending March 12, and was advertised across many AOL Time Warner

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