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The 2005 User Tomato Awards
You Choose The Winners!

Welcome to the second annual User Tomato Awards! A big round of thanks to those who've participated in the polls. Now that they're closed, we'll finally know which movies, critics, and trailers hold a special place in your 2005 cinema experience. Will there be any surprises? Let's find out. And now, your picks for 2005 are...


King Kong "King Kong," Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 movie of the same name, is your pick for favorite movie in wide release for 2005. The new movie stars Naomi Watts as the wide-eyed and out-of-work thespian Ann Darrow who falls for the schemes of Jack Black's Carl Denham. Adrien Brody plays Jack Driscoll, who's there to rescue our heroine from tight spots. "King Kong" received 14.05% of the votes to beat out "Batman Begins," which finished second with 11.74% of the votes. "Serenity" and "Crash" tie for third place, each with 9.64% of the votes.

King Kong 14.05%
Batman Begins 11.74%
Tie - Crash, Serenity 9.64%
Sin City 9.22%
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 8.60%


Brokeback Mountain "Brokeback Mountain" received 27.18% of the votes to become your favorite movie in limited release for 2005. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as two men who love each other but can't openly acknowledge their relationship in public. David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" comes in second with 12.62% of the votes, and "Kung Fu Hustle" comes in third with 11.33%.

Brokeback Mountain 27.18%
A History of Violence 12.62%
Kung Fu Hustle 11.33%
Good Night, and Good Luck 7.77%
Pride and Prejudice 6.80%


Batman Begins Just barely edging out "King Kong" by less than one percent, "Batman Begins" is your favorite action/adventure movie for 2005, with 31.29% of the total votes. The movie goes back to the origin story of how Bruce Wayne becomes the Caped Crusader. "Batman Begins" is also the Golden Tomato Award winner for this category. "King Kong" received 30.37% of the votes to come in second, with "Sin City" coming in third with 24.54%.

Batman Begins 31.29%
King Kong 30.37%
Sin City 24.54%
Mr. and Mrs. Smith 3.37%
Unleashed 2.15%


Wallace & Gromit "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," the story about an eccentric inventor and his dog trying to capture a creature terrorizing the town's vegetable patches, received 35.02% of the votes, becoming your favorite animated film for 2005. "Wallace & Gromit" is also the winner of the Golden Tomato Award in this category. Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride" comes in a distant second with 26.07% of the votes, and "Howl's Moving Castle" is third with 14.79%.

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 35.02%
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 26.07%
Howl's Moving Castle 14.79%
Madagascar 9.34%
Robots 6.61%


The 40-Year-Old Virgin "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," a comedy starring Steve Carell and Catherine Keener where Carell plays the said virgin, received 41.89% of the votes to become your favorite comedy for 2005. "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" also took first place for this category in the Golden Tomato Awards. "The Wedding Crashers," a comedy where two rowdy bachelors troll weddings for easy targets, comes in second with 23.99% of the votes. "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" comes in third with 7.43%.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 41.89%
Wedding Crashers 23.99%
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang 7.43%
The Producers 4.05%
The Aristocrats 2.70%


March of the Penguins There's no stopping those penguins. Not only did "March of the Penguins" win 2005's Golden Tomato Award for the best-reviewed documentary, it also wins as your favorite documentary, with 40.76% of the votes. "Murderball," a doc about paraplegics engaging in a bone-crunching sport, is second in this category with 17.93% of the votes. Werner Herzog's gripping "Grizzly Man" comes in third with 15.22%.

March of the Penguins 40.76%
Murderball 17.93%
Grizzly Man 15.22%
Inside Deep Throat 5.43%
Tie - Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill 4.35%


Crash Many entrants vied for your votes for top drama, but it is "Crash" that lays claim to that title, with 21.90% of the total votes. Featuring a cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, among others, "Crash" tells a series of inter-connected stories about the state of race relations in Los Angeles. Steven Spielberg's "Munich" is second with 9.52% of the votes. "Good Night, and Good Luck," an account of Edward R. Murrow's stand against Senator Joseph McCarthy's witch hunt, is third with 8.57%.

Crash 21.90%
Munich 9.52%
Good Night, and Good Luck 8.57%
Cinderella Man 7.62%
Tie: Dear Frankie, Walk the Line 6.03%


Kung Fu Hustle Stephen Chow has charmed critics with his wacky humor in "Kung Fu Hustle," 2005's Golden Tomato Award winner for best-reviewed foreign film. His movie has charmed you as well, judging by your votes. "Hustle" is your pick as favorite foreign movie, with 29.03% of the votes. The Korean revenge flick "Oldboy" comes in second with 16.59% of the votes. Wong Kar-Wai's "2046" and Oliver Hirschbiegel's "Downfall" tie for third place, each with 11.98%.

Kung Fu Hustle 29.03%
Oldboy 16.59%
Tie - 2046, Downfall 11.98%
Tie - High Tension, Ong-Bak 4.15%
Nobody Knows 2.76%


Land of the Dead Zombies are apparently back in vogue, judging from such recent titles as "28 Days Later" and "Dawn of the Dead," but George A. Romero remains the master of the genre. 27.09% of your votes go to "Land of the Dead," and that is enough to put the movie ahead of "The Devil's Rejects" (18.72%) and "Saw II" (17.24%) as your favorite horror movie of 2005.

Land of the Dead 27.09%
The Devil's Rejects 18.72%
Saw II 17.24%
The Exorcism of Emily Rose 14.29%
The Amityville Horror 6.90%


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," with Johnny Depp as the eccentric Willy Wonka, comes out ahead with 52.47% of the votes, to become your favorite kids/family movie for 2005. Danny Boyle's "Millions," a tale about two brothers who come into the possession of unexpected riches, is second with 22.42% of the votes. "Sky High," the movie about a school for kids with super powers, is third with 11.21%.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 52.47%
Millions 22.42%
Sky High 11.21%
Dreamer 2.69%
Tie - Kicking and Screaming, Zathura 2.24%


Brokeback Mountain "Brokeback Mountain" is the Golden Tomato Award winner for best-reviewed romance, and it is your favorite in this category as well. The movie earned 39.90% of your votes for this honor. "Pride & Prejudice," the latest adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, starring Keira Knightley as one of the spirited Bennet sisters, comes in second with 16.16% of the votes. "Hitch," starring Will Smith as a love consultant, comes in third with 14.65%.

Brokeback Mountain 39.90%
Pride & Prejudice 16.16%
Hitch 14.65%
Memoirs of a Geisha 6.57%
Elizabethtown 5.56%


Serenity While "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is our Golden Tomato Award winner in this category, it is "Serenity" which received your votes as your favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy movie for 2005, beating out its competitor with 30.91% of the votes. "Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" comes in second with 22.91% of the votes. "Harry Potter" comes in third with 17.82%.

Serenity 30.91%
Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 22.91%
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 17.82%
War of the Worlds 11.64%
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe 10.55%


A History of Violence For the thriller category, David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" received 23.94% of your votes to become your top pick. Starring Viggo Mortensen and Maria Bello, the movie explores the nature of violence in people. Wes Craven's "Red Eye" received 16.90% of the votes to come in second. "The Constant Gardener" is third with 15.96%.

A History of Violence 23.94%
Red Eye 16.90%
The Constant Gardener 15.96%
Syriana 12.68%
Lord of War 7.04%


Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert received 41.92% of your votes to beat out Rolling Stone's Peter Travers (11.98%), Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum (7.78%), and other prominent critics, to be your favorite for 2005. He was your pick last year for favorite critic as well. Besides reviewing movies for the Sun-Times, Ebert also has his weekly TV show with co-host Richard Roeper.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times 41.92%
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone 11.98%
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly 7.78%
A.O. Scott, New York Times 6.59%
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly 4.79%


Sin City The trailer for "Sin City," the big screen adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novels, is your favorite with 16.09% of the total votes. It's not difficult to see why -- the live images look like the source on which it is based. In fact, the teaser trailer won last year in the 2004 User Awards. "Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" comes second with 11.49% of the votes, with "King Kong," "X3," and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" sharing third place honors, each with 7.28% of the votes.

Sin City 16.09%
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 11.49%
Tie - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, King Kong, X3 7.28%
Brokeback Mountain 6.13%
Serenity 5.75%

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