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 DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg
BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Janusz Kaminski
BEST FILM EDITING: Michael Kahn
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
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
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
Also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (Scott B. Smith).
BEST ACTOR: Ian McKellen
GODS AND MONSTERS
BEST ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Scott Frank
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
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:
Best Actress: Gwyneth Paltrow
THE THIN RED LINE
Best Director: Terrence
Best Ensemble Performance
Best Supporting Actor: Jason
Best Supporting Actress:
Best Actor: Edward Norton
Best Actress: Emily Watson
Best Supporting Actress: Lisa Kudrow
THE PRINCE OF EGYPT
Best Original Score: Hans Zimmer
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Foreign Language Film
Finished eighth in nominations for Best Picture
Finished ninth in nominations for Best Picture