Friday, March 24, 2000
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Volume 65, Issue 118

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Oscars to find their homes Sunday

By Isabella So
Daily Cougar Staff

With all the Oscar hype and every newspaper/magazine giving out predictions of the winners, it's hard to formulate your own idea of who will win this year's highly-coveted awards.

So I'll make this rundown of the Oscar events as painless as possible. Just a quick rundown of the nominees of each category and my opinion of who I want to win, not who "should." 

I should mention that this year's nominees in all categories deserve their nominations, in my opinion.

Best Actor nominations go out to Russell Crowe's emotionally-torn character of the whistle blower in The Insider, Richard Farnsworth in The Straight Story and Sean Penn as a quirky guitarist in Sweet and Lowdown. Also in this category is an actor who brought charm to American Beauty, Kevin Spacey, and finally Denzel Washington for The Hurricane. My pick: Kevin Spacey for a great portrayal of a complicated family life in suburbia. 

In the Best Actress category, another nomination for American Beauty goes to Annette Bening, while Janet McTeer received one for Tumbleweeds, Julianne Moore for End of the Affair, which I must mention is a beautiful love story, Meryl Streep for Music of the Heart and finally, and not surprisingly, Hilary Swank for Boys Don't Cry. Swank definitely deserves the win, it's the only, truly moving performance from the bunch.

On with Supporting Actor and Actress nominations. The list starts with Michael Caine for Cider House Rules while Tom Cruise bounces back with Magnolia, Michael Clarke Duncan arrives with The Green Mile , the gorgeous-looking Jude Law for The Talented Mr. Ripley and you can't forget about pint-sized contender Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense. Winner: 11-year-old Osment. This little man brought back the fear of ghosts to almost every heart in America.

In the running for Best Actress is Aussie Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense), the enjoyable mother that nailed a perfect Philly accent and Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted) for her role as a mental patient. Also in the running are indie favorite Catherine Keener from Being John Malkovich, Samantha Morton from Sweet and Lowdown as Penn's girlfriend and Chole Sevigny as Brandon Teena's lover in Boys Don't Cry. This is a hard pick, a toss up between Collette and Sevigny. I would be happy if either wins.

Lastly, the most important category -- Best Picture. American Beauty, The Cider House Rules, The Green Mile, The Insider and The Sixth Sense. This one is another tough battle between American Beauty and Sixth Sense. Then again, I really liked The Green Mile. This one's too tough to call.

The Oscars air Sunday starting at 7 p.m. on ABC.

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