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OSCARS 2000 - AND THE NOMINEES ARE

Voting in the 72nd Academy Awards is over: the winners are about to slide into envelopes to lie in the dark vaults of a Wiltshire Boulevard building until March 26. And judging by the nominees - see below - we have reason to be uncertain of the outcome, says ANDREW L. URBAN.

Which do you think is the most surprising aspect of this year's nominations? The emergence of The Cider House Rules as a hefty contender, not only for Best Picture but also for music, editing, directing, art directing and Michael Caine's supporting role is my pick. But look at the variety of competition veteran Caine has in his category: Tom Cruise (Magnolia), newcomer Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile), Jude Law (The Talented Mr Ripley) and wonderboy Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense). An Englishman, a kid, a black hulk, a big star and an arthouse actor . . . Another surprise is the nomination for a song (Blame Canada) from South Park - albeit not the infamous Uncle F**ka; surprise because the Academy membership is weighted toward the conservative (see above).

"sentiment"

You can tell there is some sort of sentiment at work with the Caine nomination (not that he isn't deserving) and the inclusion of another veteran, Richard Farnsworth, for his role in The Straight Story. As good as Farnsworth's performance is, it does not jump out as an Oscar-contending one.

Some would argue that The Cider House Rules holds the spot in the Best Picture category that was reserved for Being John Malkovich - and I'd have to agree it's a tough call. Note Spike Jonze's Best Director nomination for it.

"a word about Australians"

And finally, a word about Australians: Scott Hicks' Snow Falling on Cedars, which was expected (by Universal) to feature in the nominations list, did get a nomination for Best Cinematography but did not get the same recognition for music, which it also richly deserves. Not to mention other categories. . . Nor did John Seale's unfailingly stunning cinematography in The Talented Mr Ripley gain enough votes. But Russell Crowe and Toni Collette, as we expected - nay, demanded - did, for The Insider and The Sixth Sense respectively. Both films are heavily backed for Best Script and Best Picture awards.

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

BEST ACTOR:
Russell Crowe, The Insider
Richard Farnsworth, The Straight Story
Sean Penn, Sweet and Lowdown
Kevin Spacey, American Beauty
Denzel Washington, The Hurricane

BEST ACTRESS:
Annette Bening, American Beauty
Janet McTeer, Tumbleweeds
Julianne Moore, The End of the Affair
Meryl Streep, Music of the Heart
Hilary Swank, Boys Don't Cry

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Michael Caine, The Cider House Rules
Tom Cruise, Magnolia
Michael Clarke Duncan, The Green Mile
Jude Law, The Talented Mr Ripley
Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Toni Collette, The Sixth Sense
Angelina Jolie, Girl, Interrupted
Catherine Keener, Being John Malkovich
Samantha Morton, Sweet and Lowdown
ChloŽ Sevigny, Boys Don't Cry

BEST DIRECTOR:
American Beauty, Sam Mendes
Being John Malkovich, Spike Jonze
The Cider House Rules, Lasse Hallstrom
The Insider, Michael Mann
The Sixth Sense, M. Night Shyamalan

BEST WRITING, SCREENPLAY ORIGINAL:
American Beauty, Alan Ball
Being John Malkovich, Charlie Kaufman
Magnolia, Paul Thomas Anderson
The Sixth Sense, M. Night Shyamalan
Topsy-Turvy, Mike Lee

BEST WRITING, SCREENPLAY ADAPTATION:
The Cider House Rules, John Irving
Election, Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
The Green Mile, Frank Darabont
The Insider, Eric Roth & Michael Mann
The Talented Mr. Ripley, Anthony Minghella

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
American Beauty, Conrad L. Hall
The End of the Affair, Roger Pratt
The Insider, Dante Spinotti
Sleepy Hollow, Emmanuel Lubezki
Snow Falling on Cedars, Robert Richardson

BEST ART DIRECTION:
Anna and the King
The Cider House Rules
Sleepy Hollow
The Talented Mr Ripley
Topsy-Turvy

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
Anna And The King
Sleepy Hollow
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Titus
Topsy-Turvy

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Buena Vista Social Club
Genghis Blues
On The Ropes
One Day In September
Speaking In Strings

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Eyewitness
King Gimp
The Wildest Show In The South: The Angola Prison
Rodeo

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
All About My Mother (Spain)
Caravan (Nepal)
East-West (France)
Solomon And Gaenor (UK)
Under The Sun (Sweden)

BEST SOUND:
The Green Mile
The Insider
The Matrix
The Mummy
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

BEST FILM EDITING:
American Beauty
The Cider House Rules
The Insider
The Matrix
The Sixth Sense

BEST EFFECTS, SOUND EFFECTS EDITING:
Fight Club
The Matrix
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
The Matrix
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Stuart Little

BEST MAKEUP:
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Bicentennial Man
Life
Topsy-Turvy

MUSIC, BEST SONG NOMINEES:
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut: Blame Canada
Music Of The Heart: Music of my Heart
Magnolia: Save Me
Toy Story 2: When She Loved Me
Tarzan: You'll Be In My Heart

BEST MUSIC, ORIGINAL:
American Beauty
Angela's Ashes
The Cider House Rules
The Red Violin
The Talented Mr. Ripley

BEST SHORT FILM ANIMATED
Humdrum
My Grandmother Ironed The King's Shirts
The Old Man And The Sea
3 Misses
When The Day Breaks

SHORT FILM - LIVE ACTION
Bror, Min Bror
Killing Joe
Kleingeld
Major And Minor Miracles
My Mother Dreams The Satan's Disciples In New York

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The Sixth Sense

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