Date: 25th February 2004

Titanic voted worst Oscar winner

Titanic has been voted the least deserving Oscar winning film of all time in a new poll.

And Titanic (1997) director James Cameron was voted least deserving recipient of the Oscar for best director.

Russell Crowe, for Gladiator (2000), and Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love (1998), were voted the least deserving best actor and actress winners.

A total of 3,921 people took part in the Total Film 2004 Oscars Reader Poll in association with Sky Movies.

Readers of the magazine were also asked for their favourite Oscar winners of all time and singled out Godfather, The (1972) as top film.

Steven Spielberg was overwhelmingly voted most deserved winner of the Oscar for best director for Schindler's List (1993).

Robert De Niro was voted favourite best actor Oscar winner of all time for his performance in Raging Bull (1980), while Jodie Foster was voted best actress Oscar winner for Silence of the Lambs, The (1991).

Matt Mueller, editor of Total Film, says: "Everyone has an opinion about the Oscars, and whether they think the Academy gets it right or wrong.

This was a chance for Oscar-lovers to have their say about the awards that have been handed out over the years. And some of the results were very surprising."

Source: Press Release