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Oscar Watchers Want Bridges, Portman to Win Best Actor Awards

One-in-three Americans (33%) say they are at least somewhat likely to watch the upcoming 83rd annual Academy Awards, with 15% who say it's very Likely, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.  Their favorites for the best acting categories are Jeff Bridges in "True Grit" and Natalie Portman in "Black Swan."
 Twenty-four percent (24%) of likely Oscar watchers want Bridges to win the award for best actor, which would make him the second Oscar winner in the role of Marshall Rooster Cogburn. John Wayne won the Best Actor Oscar for the original version of "True Grit" in 1969. But nearly as many (21%) are hoping Colin Firth wins the Oscar for his portrayal of King George VI in “The King’s Speech.”
 Both Bridges and Firth were nominated last year in this category, and Bridges won. A year ago, just three percent (3%) wanted Firth to win for his performance in “A Single Man,” while 24% tapped Bridges to win for “Crazy Heart.”
 Just nine percent (9%) want James Franco to win the Best Actor Oscar this year for “127 Hours,” while six percent (6%) are pulling for Javier Bardem in “Biutiful” and one percent (1%) for Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network.” But a sizable 38% are undecided.

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The survey of 748 Adults Who Are Likely to Watch the Oscars was conducted on February 13-16, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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