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 The World of Film in Australia - on the Internet Updated Friday December 13, 2019 

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It's a sweet surprise for Chocolat's cast and crew to be among the top five in this year's Oscar nominations - and a bit of a surprise for the rest of us, too, says Andrew L. Urban; but reassuring that Academy members recognise Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon with a double whammy.

As expected Russell Crowe (Gladiator) and Geoffrey Rush (Quills) are competing for Best Actor, along with Tom Hanks (Cast Away), Ed Harris (Pollock) and Spanish actor Javier Bardem (Before Night Falls); also as expected Gladiator is nominated for Best Film. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon has the rare distinction of both a Best Film and Best Foreign Language Film nomination, but the surprise in this top category is Chocolat.

While Chocolat is a fine film, many critics found it a bit tooooo sweet (our critic Louise Keller is a champion of the film, and nicely calls it "Mary Poppins for grown ups"); we would have been less surprised if a film like Cast Away, Wonder Boys, Almost Famous had appeared in this category, or even Quills. Of course we don't know how many or how few votes separated these from a nomination slot - there are only 5,722 voting Academy members (23% of them actors!) voting on 242 films in all. (All of them vote for Best Film, while branches vote for other categories.)

In the acting category, Australians are unable to assess the nominations for Ed Harris and Javier Bardem as neither Pollock nor Before Night Falls has been seen here. Likewise in the female acting category, Joan Allen's The Contender is not yet released, nor is Laura Linney's You Can Count On Me.

Best Picture:
Chocolat - David Brown, Kit Golden, Leslie Holleran
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Li-Kong Hsu, William Kong, Ang Lee
Erin Brockovich - Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
Gladiator - David H.Franzoni, Branko Lustig, Douglas Wick
Traffic - Edward Zwick, Laura Bickford, Marshall Herskovitz

Best Foreign Language Film:
Amores perros - Alejandro González Iñárritu (Mexico)
Wo hu zang long - Ang Lee (Taiwan)
Musíme si pomáhat - Jan Hrebejk (Czech Republic)
Iedereen beroemd! - Dominique Deruddere (Belgium)
Goût des autres, Le - Agnès Jaoui (France)

Best Director:
Stephen Daldry - Billy Elliot
Ang Lee - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Steven Soderbergh - Erin Brockovich
Ridley Scott - Gladiator
Steven Soderbergh - Traffic

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen:
Almost Famous - Cameron Crowe
Billy Elliot - Lee Hall
Erin Brockovich - Susannah Grant
Gladiator - David H. Franzoni and John Logan and William Nicholson
You Can Count on Me - Ken Lonergan

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published:
Chocolat - Robert Nelson Jacobs
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Hui-Ling Wang and James Schamus and Kuo Jung Tsai
O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Traffic - Stephen Gaghan
Wonder Boys - Steven Kloves

Best Actor:
Javier Bardem - Before Night Falls
Russell Crowe - Gladiator
Tom Hanks - Cast Away
Ed Harris - Pollock
Geoffrey Rush - Quills

Best Actress:
Joan Allen - The Contender
Juliette Binoche - Chocolat
Ellen Burstyn - Requiem for a Dream
Laura Linney - You Can Count On Me
Julia Roberts - Erin Brockovich

Best Supporting Actor:
Jeff Bridges - The Contender
Willem Dafoe - Shadow of the Vampire
Benicio Del Toro - Traffic
Albert Finney - Erin Brockovich
Joaquin Phoenix - Gladiator

Best Supporting Actress:
Judi Dench - Chocolat
Marcia Gay Harden - Pollock
Kate Hudson - Almost Famous
Frances McDormand - Almost Famous
Julie Walters - Billy Elliot

Best Cinematography:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Peter Pau
Gladiator - John Mathieson
Malèna - Lajos Koltai
O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Roger Deakins
The Patriot - Caleb Deschanel

Best Art Direction - Set Decoration:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Tim Yip
How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Michael Corenblith, Merideth Boswell
Gladiator - Arthur Max, Crispian Sallis
Quills - Martin Childs, Jill Quertier
Vatel - Jean Rabasse, Françoise Benoît-Fresco

Best Costume Design:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Tim Yip
How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Rita Ryack
Gladiator - Janty Yates
102 Dalmatians - Anthony Powell
Quills - Jacqueline West

Best Sound:
Cast Away - Randy Thom, Tom Johnson, Dennis Sands, William B. Kaplan
Gladiator - Scott Millan, Bob Beemer, Ken Weston
The Patriot - Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell, Lee Orloff
The Perfect Storm - John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, David Campbell, Keith A. Wester
U-571 - Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker, Rick Kline, Ivan Sharrock

Best Editing:
Almost Famous - Joe Hutshing, Saar Klein
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Tim Squyres
Gladiator - Pietro Scalia
Traffic - Stephen Mirrione
Wonder Boys - Dede Allen

Best Sound Editing:
Space Cowboys - Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman
U-571 - Jon Johnson

Best Visual Effects:
Gladiator - John Nelson, Neil Corbould, Tim Burke, Rob Harvey
Hollow Man - Scott E. Anderson, Craig Hayes, Scott Stokdyk, Stan Parks
The Perfect Storm - Stefen Fangmeier, Habib Zargarpour, John Frazier, Walt Conti

Best Makeup:
The Cell - Michèle Burke, Edouard F. Henriques
How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Rick Baker, Gail Rowell-Ryan
Shadow of the Vampire - Ann Buchanan, Amber Sibley

Best Music - Song:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Music by Jorge Calandrelli and Tan Dun, Lyrics by James Schamus - "A Love Before Time"
Dancer in the Dark - Music by Björk, Lyrics Lars von Trier and Sjón Sigurdsson - "I've Seen It All"
The Emperor's New Groove - Music by Sting and David Hartley, Lyrics by Sting - "My Funny Friend and Me"
Meet the Parents - Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman - "A Fool In Love"
Wonder Boys - Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan - "Things Have Changed"

Best Music - Original Score:
Chocolat - Rachel Portman
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Tan Dun
Gladiator - Hans Zimmer
Malèna - Ennio Morricone
The Patriot - John Williams

Best Short Film - Animated:
Father and Daughter - Michael Dudok de Wit
The Periwig-Maker - Steffen Schäffler, Annette Schäffler
Rejected - Don Hertzfeldt

Best Short Film - Live Action:
By Courier - Peter Riegert, Ericka Frederick
One Day Crossing - Joan Stein, Christina Lazaridi
Quiero Ser (I want to Be...) - Florian Gallenberger
Seraglio - Gail Lerner, Colin Campbell
Uma Historia de Futebol - Paulo Machline

Best Documentary - Short:
Big Mama - Tracy Seretean
Curtain Call - Chuck Braverman, Steve Kalafer
Dolphins - Greg MacGillivray, Alec Lorimore
The Man on Lincoln's Nose - Daniel Raim
On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom - Eric Simonson, Leelai Demoz

Best Documentary - Feature:
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport - Mark Jonathan Harris, Deborah Oppenheimer
Legacy - Tod S. Lending
Long Night's Journey Into Day - Frances Reid, Deborah Hoffmann
Scottsboro: An American Tragedy - Barak Goodman, Daniel Anker
Sound and Fury - Josh Aronson, Roger Weisberg

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