Surprises in Oscar honors

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Feb 132002
 
Authors: Eric Patton

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced early Tuesday morning those nominated for the most prestigious award in the entertainment business. The nominees in the top categories are:

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Russell Crowe in “A Beautiful Mind” /_” predicted winner

Sean Penn in “I Am Sam”

Will Smith in “Ali”

Denzel Washington in “Training Day”

Tom Wilkinson in “In the Bedroom”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Jim Broadbent in “Iris”

Ethan Hawke in “Training Day”

Ben Kingsley in “Sexy Beast” /_” predicted winner

Ian McKellen in “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”

Jon Voight in “Ali”

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Halle Berry in “Monster’s Ball”

Judi Dench in “Iris” /_” predicted winner

Nicole Kidman in “Moulin Rouge”

Sissy Spacek in “In the Bedroom”

Renee Zellweger in “Bridget Jones’s Diary”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Jennifer Connelly in “A Beautiful Mind” /_” predicted winner

Helen Mirren in “Gosford Park”

Maggie Smith in “Gosford Park”

Marisa Tomei in “In the Bedroom”

Kate Winslet in “Iris”

Achievement in Directing

“A Beautiful Mind,” Ron Howard /_” predicted winner

“Black Hawk Down,” Ridley Scott

“Gosford Park,” Robert Altman

“The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring,” Peter Jackson

“Mulholland Drive,” David Lynch

Best foreign language film of the year

“Amelie a Ugc,” Images Production-France /_” predicted winner

“Elling,” A Maipo Film and TV Production-Norway

“Lagaan” An Aamir Khan Productions Pvt. Ltd. Production-India

“No Man’s Land,” A Noe Productions/Fabrica Cinema/Man’s Films/Counihan Villiers Productions/Studio Maj/Casablanca Production-Bosnia and Herzegovina

“Son of the Bride,” A Pol-ka Producciones/Patagonik Film

Group/Jempsa/Tornasol Films Production-Argentina

Best motion picture of the year

“A Beautiful Mind” /_” predicted winner

“Gosford Park”

“In the Bedroom”

“The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings”

“Moulin Rouge”

Screenplay based on material previously produced or published

“A Beautiful Mind,” written by Akiva Goldsman /_” predicted winner

“Ghost World,” written by Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff

“In the Bedroom,” screenplay by Rob Festinger and Todd Field

“The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings,” screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson

“Shrek,” written by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman and

Roger S.H. Schulman

Screenplay written directly for the screen

“Amelie,” screenplay by Guillaume Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet;

dialogue by Guillaume Laurant

“Gosford Park,” written by Julian Fellowes

“Memento,” screenplay by Christopher Nolan; story by Jonathan

Nolan /_” predicted winner

“Monster’s Ball,” written by Milo Addica and Will Rokos

“The Royal Tenenbaums,” written by Wes Anderson and Owen

Wilson

The race for best actor is going to be very close. Sean Penn and Russell Crowe did not make it easy for the Academy to decide on the best performance of the year, but most likely, Crowe will walk away with his second Oscar. The Academy seems to shun Penn for reasons unknown but many believe it spans from his “bad boy” image he held very early in his career, beginning with his role in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”

Best actress will be an award most likely given to the veteran actress Judi Dench. This race will be tight between all of those nominated, primarily against the Golden Globe winner, Nicole Kidman. It may seem like just covering the bases, but don’t be surprised if we have an upset by either Sissy Spacek or Halle Berry. Unfortunately, Renee Zellweger won’t be a winner because of the Academy’s history for shunning comedians.

In supporting roles by an actor and an actress, the Academy will most likely go to the familiar face of Ben Kingsley and the young face, Jennifer Connelly. Although the race will be tight between Kingsley and Jon Voight, Voight for his portrayal of Howard Cosell, Kingsley will probably walk away with his second statue. Best supporting actress at the Academy will also be the actress who walked away with a Golden Globe in January. Jennifer Connelly will be getting the first Oscar of her career for her role as John Nash Jr.’s wife in “A Beautiful Mind.” Competition in her category will be very light. Don’t expect an upset.

Best director will be given to Ron Howard over David Lynch this year. Howard has been passed over before, but the Academy has recognized he is past his due. The others nominated in this category did a fantastic job, but Howard may be untouchable this year.

Foreign film nominee, “No Man’s Land,” won the Golden Globe, but look for an upset by France’s “Amelie.” Although it will be the winner in the best foreign film category, it will be upset when up for best screenplay written for the screen. The winner for the best original screenplay – I’m going with the underdog – will be “Memento.” The others were excellent scripts, especially the comedy “The Royal Tenenbaums,” but “Memento” did something that other scripts have never attempted and should be honored. n

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