EW.com readers cast their own votes for 1998 Academy Awards

February brings not only dreams of spring and melting snow but torrents of fury from moviegoers over the latest list of Oscar nominees. Consider us your sympathetic ear. This Oscar season, EW gave you the chance to vote for the should-be winners in a survey conducted through our website, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY ONLINE (http://www.ew.com), in association with PEOPLE ONLINE. More than 37,000 entries have poured in, and the results are interesting, to say the least. We should note, of course, that our methods don’t approach the rigorous tallying techniques of Price Waterhouse, but science be damned, the envelope, please….

First, we asked film fans to vote for their picks among the Academy’s nominees. In the Best Actor category, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Duvall, and Peter Fonda tied for a mere 6 percent each of the online votes and were handily beaten out for Best Actor by Jack Nicholson (40 percent) and Matt Damon (39 percent). Kate Winslet carried Best Actress with 56 percent of the vote, beating out award front-runner Helen Hunt (20 percent); Julie Christie came in an impressive third with 10 percent. It seems more people have seen Afterglow than the box office indicates. (Or — far more likely — there was some serious ballot-box stuffing going on.) Sensitive roles carried the day in the supporting categories. Robin Williams (49 percent) licked Burt Reynolds (14 percent) and Anthony Hopkins (6 percent). For supporting actress, Titanic‘s Gloria Stuart (50 percent) trampled Kim Basinger (29 percent). In the Best Director category, James Cameron received a whopping 73 percent of the cybervotes. As for Best Picture: Need you even ask? Titanic received 65 percent of the votes, L.A. Confidential finished second with 18 percent, and bringing up the rear was The Full Monty, which posted an abysmal 1 percent of your votes.

Things got really interesting when we asked you who should win regardless of an Academy nod. At press time, The Sweet Hereafter‘s Ian Holm (22 percent) and Nicholson (22 percent) were neck and neck with Titanic‘s Leonardo DiCaprio (23 percent) for Best Actor. For Best Actress, My Best Friend’s Wedding‘s Julia Roberts (24 percent) and Kate Winslet (26 percent) were in a virtual tie. The men of L.A. Confidential — none of whom got an Academy nod — pulled down four of the top seven supporting-actor slots (including No. 1 — Russell Crowe, with 20 percent). Most suspiciously, The Sweet Hereafter, which hasn’t even been seen by the bulk of the population, came in at 27 percent, just behind Titanic for the populist Best Picture pick. (As much as we love the movie, someone should remind Fine Line employees and relatives of director Atom Egoyan that voting more than once is a no-no.)

Infuriated? Outraged? Feeling the need to champion your favorite indie or unappreciated performance? You’re in luck. Our voting window on the Web doesn’t close until the minute the awards begin, so you can still have your say. Stay tuned to the website for the results and check out The Sweet Hereafter. People really seem to like it.