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If Awards Were Given For Sales Rather Than Critical Acclaim, Who Would Win in The DVD Oscars?
LONDON February 25 2005: : Star Wars, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley and Quentin Tarantino would all be accepting prizes at the Oscars this weekend, if film awards were based on Amazon.co.uk DVD sales from the past year rather than critical acclaim, Amazon.co.uk has revealed today.
The leading online retailer has conducted research into the top selling films and film stars through examining the popularity of its DVD sales and rentals from the last twelve months. With the BAFTAs over, but the Oscars due on Sunday, this research has revealed who should be walking away with the "DVD Sales Oscars".
Homegrown British stars would win the Bestselling Actor and Actress categories, with Orlando Bloom, who has more films than any other any actor in Amazon.co.uk's top 20 bestselling DVDs of 2004 (The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean and Troy), and Keira Knightley with two films in the top 20 (Pirates of the Caribbean and Love Actually), both pipping Oscar hopefuls Leonardo Di Caprio, Kate Winslet, Johnny Depp and Hilary Swank in the DVD sales Oscars.
Love Actually would win the award for Bestselling British Film, Shrek 2 would emerge as the Bestselling Animated Film, while Quentin Tarantino would take the accolade for the Bestselling Director in the "DVD Sales Oscars" with Kill Bill 1 and 2, and Pulp Fiction both featuring in Amazon.co.uk's Top 20 bestselling DVDs of 2004.
No.1 in Amazon.co.uk's top 20 DVDs of 2004 is Star Wars Trilogy winning the Best Picture accolade; it was Amazon.co.uk's biggest DVD pre-order title of all time last year, with 85,000 pre-orders prior to release.
"The general public often disagree with the choices of the BAFTA and Academy Awards committees," comments Rikki Price, DVD editor at Amazon.co.uk. "By compiling and examining the bestselling DVDs on the site, we have offered an alternative way of looking at the awards. The DVD Sales Oscars may not provide golden statuettes at a glittering celebrity party but, they represent the films our customers are actually choosing to buy, keep and watch again and again, making them the real winners."
For a huge selection of DVDs at great prices, check out Amazon.co.uk's DVD store, www.amazon.co.uk/dvd. Or sign up for Amazon.co.uk DVD rental www.amazon.co.uk/dvdrental today to enjoy tens of thousands of films to rent plus 10% off any DVD purchases.Amazon.co.uk Top 20 bestselling DVDS of 2004
Listed in alphabetical order
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Kill Bill, Volume 1
Kill Bill, Volume 2
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Monty Python: The Movies
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Shaun Of The Dead
Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI)
The Bourne Supremacy
The Day After Tomorrow
The Last Samurai
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Matrix Revolutions
Troy BESTSELLING ACTOR:
Orlando Bloom for The Lord of The Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean and TroyBESTSELLING ACTRESS:
Keira Knightley for Pirates of the Caribbean and Love ActuallyBESTSELLING DVD
Star Wars TrilogyBESTSELLING ANIMATED FILM
Shrek 2BESTSELLING BRITISH FILM
Love ActuallyBESTSELLING DIRECTOR
Quentin Tarantino for Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2 and Pulp Fiction
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