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By Ann Hoevel
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(CNN) -- Tom Stroup of Yorktown, Virginia, has been named the winner of CNN.com's 2004 Inside the Envelope: Academy Awards game. Stroup correctly guessed the winners of every category in the Academy Awards. He won the grand prize: a 51" Digital Widescreen HDTV Monitor Projection TV, a Home Theatre System, and an 80-hour TIVO Recorder with a lifetime TIVO service subscription.

He tied with five other contestants, but won two tie-breaking questions. He named "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" as the film that would win the most Oscars and guessed the correct number of awards for the most decorated film at this year's Academy Awards.

Stroup, an English teacher at Denbigh High School in nearby Newport News, is a big fan of movies and movie stars, and he watches the Oscars every year. To come up with his winning combination of guesses, he used his knowledge of movies and the Motion Picture Academy, as well as some research on the Internet. He felt strongly that "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" would win the Oscar for best picture.

"Everyone I talked to said this was the best of the three [Lord of the Ring] movies," he said. "This was a monster movie, this was fantastic, and the other movies just weren't on the same scale. The amount of money, people, and expertise needed to make this movie; it's taking moviemaking to a place it's never been before."

Stroup said he envisioned the members of the Motion Picture Academy honoring "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King," this year in recognition of the achievements of all three "Lord of the Rings" movies.

He was especially happy to see Sofia Coppola win an Oscar, "because she is incredible," he said.

Stroup, 56, wasn't expecting to win any awards this year. In fact, he entered CNN.com's Inside the Envelope game as well as one in his local newspaper just for fun.

He said his wife got tired of hearing "That's the one I picked, that's the one I picked," after each Oscar was awarded. Stroup was quite surprised to find out he was a winner too. He won both contests, CNN.com's and the one in his local newspaper. His initial response to the good news was, "My gosh, I should have gone out and entered 10 more!"

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