Academy Awards for 1999

1999 has been a great year for filmmaking and movie audiences, but a terrible one for Oscars, it seems. Films this year have been daring, controversial, and even unnerving - just take a look at some of the best ones: The Matrix, Three Kings, Being John Malkovich, Boys Don't Cry, American Beauty and especially Fight Club - all of which has had the old-guard, conservative Academy scrambling to find nominations that would suit their style. So what do we get for contenders? More of the typical: The Green Mile, The Sixth Sense, The Cider House Rules, The Insider and, because it's just on the edge, American Beauty. Personally, I'd only consider the last two as true nominations, but then, what does an Oscar mean, anyway? My hopes are on The Insider, but my gut tells me American Beauty, hands down. Not that the other films nominated are bad films, they're just typical Hollywood productions; interesting, yes, ground-breaking or thought-provoking, no.

So here it goes, my personal list of who I thought should win, and who I thought would win on Oscar night.  Not a bad prediction, all told, except for best actor / actress categories...:

Category Should Win Predicted Winner Actual Winner
Best Picture The Insider American Beauty American Beauty
Best Actor Russell Crowe Denzel Washington Kevin Spacey
Best Actress Julianne Moore Annette Bening (Hilary Swank?) Hilary Swank
Best Supporting Actor Michael Caine Michael Caine Michael Caine
Best Supporting Actress Catherine Keener Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie
Best Director Michael Mann Sam Mendes Sam Mendes
Best Original Screenplay Being John Malkovich American Beauty American Beauty
Best Adapted Screenplay The Cider House Rules The Cider House Rules The Cider House Rules
Best Foreign Language Film All About My Mother All About My Mother All About My Mother
Best Cinematography Sleepy Hollow American Beauty American Beauty


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