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Saving Private Ryan Takes Five 'Virtuals'

The 142-member Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) has announced its film awards for 1998. The OFCS is composed of critics whose primary affiliations are Internet web sites and online services. Four Apollo Guide reviewers are members of the OFCS (Elspeth Haughton, Dan Jardine, Guy MacPherson, Brian Webster).


BEST FILM
BEST DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg
BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Janusz Kaminski
BEST FILM EDITING: Michael Kahn

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savingpr.jpg (4072 bytes)Tom Hanks and his troop are sent to retrieve a soldier whose three brothers have already been killed. A mediocre plot and Hollywood posturing are decimated by powerful Second World War battle scenes. This brutal, violent film is not for the weak.

Also nominated for Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Best Original Score (John Williams).

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Joan Allen
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Randy Newman

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Twin teens from a broken home are transported to a fictional, idealised television town named Pleasantville. A fine script is matched by excellent acting. A couple of heavy-handed scenes of social commentary are all that mar this excellent effort.

Also nominated for Best Cinematography (John Lindley) and Best Film Editing (William Goldenberg).

Finished fourth in nominations for Best Film.

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Andrew Niccol

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trumansh.gif (17391 bytes)A deliciously vicious and intelligent satire on the media who manipulate us, and the audience who encourages it. Jim Carrey is great as the man caught in the middle and Ed Harris is suitably evil as his tormentor.

Also nominated for Best Film, Best Director (Peter Weir), Best Supporting Actor (Ed Harris), Best Film Editing (William M. Anderson and Lee Smith).

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Billy Bob Thornton

A SIMPLE PLAN

Also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (Scott B. Smith).

 

BEST ACTOR: Ian McKellen

GODS AND MONSTERS

 

BEST ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett

ELIZABETH

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

THE BIG ONE

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Scott Frank

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A civilized, handsome career criminal and a feminine, tough law enforcer fall in love in this hard-boiled romance. Adapted from an Elmore Leonard novel, irony, charm and visual cadence are fused into an intelligent and witty script.

Also nominated for Best Film Editing (Anne V. Coats).

Finished tenth in nominations for Best Picture.

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

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lifeisbe.gif (24850 bytes)This film's first half is an enchanting look at Guido's courtship of Dora in 1939 Italy. The second half takes us to a concentration camp, where Guido struggles to keep his family alive. A powerful, unforgettable film. Bravo Roberto Benigni.

Also nominated for Best Film.

 

Other nominated films:
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Best Actress: Gwyneth Paltrow
Best Original Screenplay: Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Finished fifth in nominations for Best Picture

THE THIN RED LINE

Best Director: Terrence Malick
Best Cinematography: John Toll
Finished sixth in nominations for Best Picture

HAPPINESS

Best Ensemble Performance
Best Original Screenplay: Todd Solondz
Finished seventh in nominations for Best Picture

YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS

Best Supporting Actor: Jason Patric
Best Ensemble Performance

PRIMARY COLORS

Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates
Best Adapted Screenplay: Elaine May

AMERICAN HISTORY X

Best Actor: Edward Norton

HILARY AND JACKIE

Best Actress: Emily Watson

THE OPPOSITE OF SEX

Best Supporting Actress: Lisa Kudrow

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT

Best Original Score: Hans Zimmer

THE CELEBRATION

Best Foreign Language Film

CENTRAL STATION

Best Foreign Language Film

THE CRUISE

Best Documentary

WILD MAN BLUES

Best Documentary

THE BUTCHER BOY

Finished eighth in nominations for Best Picture

THE BIG LEBOWSKI

Finished ninth in nominations for Best Picture

 

 

 

 

 


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