THE 1999 ACADEMY AWARDS

Academy Award Winners 1999

The Race: Predictions By Category
If you thought last year's acting races were close, this year's represent an even more titillating collection of close, close races. The Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay races seem easier to call—but, then again, they did last year as well, and then look what happened! Bill Condon had an Oscar and the producers of Saving Private Ryan didn't! Here are my best attempts to figure out what's going to happen this Sunday, March 26th. As time permits, I will add predictions for the other categories as well.

BEST PICTURE
American Beauty — The Cider House Rules — The Green Mile — The Insider — The Sixth Sense

BEST DIRECTOR
Lasse Hallstrφm — Spike Jonze — Michael Mann — Sam Mendes — M. Night Shyamalan

BEST ACTRESS
Annette Bening — Janet McTeer — Julianne Moore — Meryl Streep — Hilary Swank

BEST ACTOR
Russell Crowe — Richard Farnsworth — Sean Penn — Kevin Spacey — Denzel Washington

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Toni Collette — Angelina Jolie — Catherine Keener — Samantha Morton — Chloλ Sevigny

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Michael Caine — Tom Cruise — Michael Clarke Duncan — Jude Law — Haley Joel Osment

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
American Beauty — Being John Malkovich — Magnolia — The Sixth Sense — Topsy-Turvy

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Cider House Rules — Election — The Green Mile — The Insider — The Talented Mr. Ripley

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
American Beauty — The End of the Affair — The Insider — Sleepy Hollow — Snow Falling on Cedars

ALL CATEGORIES
Winners and personal picks in all Oscar categories (Short Film categories excluded)


The Nominations

COMPLETE NOMINATIONS AND REACTIONS
The complete list of nominations in all of the Oscar categories save the Documentary Short, Animated Short, and Live-Action Short Film entrants; I never have anything meaningful or incisive to say about those derbies, since the films are almost always unknown to me. (I do tip you off to where you might read up on those races.)

NOMINATION PREDICTIONS
Having correctly forecast 78% of last year's nominees in the Picture, Director, Acting, and Writing categories, I'm coming up to bat in an even more unpredictable year. Check out my predictions in the 20 major categories—sorry, no guesses about short films!—as well as the highly debatable logic behind each pick.

LIST OF ELIGIBLE FILMS
Thought Analyze This came out in 1998? Thought Play It to the Bone debuted in 2000? Thought Deuce Bigalow:
Male Gigolo
couldn't possibly be qualified for Oscar nods? Wondering why Run Lola Run got ignored?
Check out this alphabetical list of the 245 films eligible for the 1999 Academy Awards,
and see for yourself what coulda (and couldn'a) been a contendah, plus a brief word about why.


Fun Stuff and Miscellany

 IN A PERFECT OSCAR WORLD... 
Who I would have nominated for Oscars this year...and who among them deserved the trophy.

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