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Know your Nominees
Take a closer look at some of the Oscar contenders:
  • Actors get in touch with 'Affliction'
  • Review: Nolte carries load in 'Affliction'
  • 'A Civil Action'
  • 'A Civil Action' keeps Travolta in the game
  • Review: Only slight objections to 'Civil Action'
  • 'Dancing At Lughnasa'
  • Review: Streep overshadowed by others 'Dancing at Lughnasa'
  • 'Elizabeth'
  • Review: Blanchett a knockout as 'Elizabeth'
  • 'Elizabeth' brings queen's life to screen
  • Official site
  • 'Gods and Monsters'
  • Review: 'Gods' flirts with death
  • The 'Gods and Monsters' of James Whale
  • 'Gods and Monsters' named best movie of year
  • Official site
  • 'Hilary and Jackie'
  • 'Hilary and Jackie' chronicles a close-knit family relationship
  • Review: Two faces to pain in 'Hilary and Jackie'
  • 'Hurlyburly'
  • Review: Sharp performances add life to a rambling 'Hurlyburly'
  • 'Little Voice'
  • Review: 'Little Voice' showcases remarkable talent
  • Horrocks' 'Little Voice' to be heard
  • Official site
  • 'One True Thing'
  • Tears flowing at theaters this fall
  • First Chapter: Quindlen offers a touching tale of loss
  • Review: 'One True Thing' is one fine movie
  • 'Pleasantville'
  • Austin Film Festival offers oasis for screenwriters
  • Interview: Gary Ross breathes his life into 'Pleasantville'
  • Review: 'Pleasantville' more than pleasant -- it's brilliant
  • 'Primary Colors'
  • Pesky old reality intrudes on 'Primary Colors'
  • First Chapter: "Primary Colors"
  • Review: 'Primary Colors' brilliant, touching, hilarious
  • 'Saving Private Ryan'
  • Review: 'Ryan' staggering, hellish, heroic
  • Critics give 'Saving Private Ryan' top award
  • Spielberg aims to tell truth about war
  • 'Shakespeare in Love'
  • Review: To see, or not to see, 'Shakespeare in Love'
  • Official site
  • 'A Simple Plan'
  • Bridget Fonda takes plunge, makes 'A Simple Plan'
  • Review: Surprising complexity to 'A Simple Plan'
  • 'The Thin Red Line'
  • After 20 years, Malick returns with 'Thin Red Line'
  • Jim Caviezel walking 'Thin Red Line' to fame
  • Review: 'The Thin Red Line' a beautiful bomb
  • 'The Truman Show'
  • Review: 'The Truman Show' falls short
  • Carrey, Weir banking on 'Truman'
  • Official site
  • 'Waking Ned Devine'
  • Review: Money a so-so motive for 'Waking Ned Devine'
  • 'What Dreams May Come'
  • Robin Williams: Life now 'near paradise'
  • Review: Heavenly effects in 'What Dreams May Come'
  • On Tuesday morning, Oscar race hits high gear

    Web posted on:
    Monday, February 08, 1999 3:49:04 PM EST

    From CNN Interactive Senior Writer Jamie Allen

    LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- And down the stretch they come.

    The race for Oscar officially hits the final sprint on Tuesday when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces its nominees for the most coveted crown in show business.

    And though contestants for this race -- which will conclude on March 21, when the winners are announced during the Academy Awards ceremony at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion -- have yet to be named, plenty of people (and studios) are already placing their bets on who will be nominated in categories like best actor or actress, best director, and best film.

    Who's receiving the biggest buzz? Tom Hanks, for one. The actor who has already pocketed back-to-back Academy Awards for "Philadelphia" (1993) and "Forrest Gump" (1994) has received strong praise for his role as the school teacher-turned-World War II warrior in "Saving Private Ryan."

    Tom Hanks: The one to watch?

    Speaking of which, "Saving Private Ryan" is director Steven Spielberg's latest masterpiece and is threatening to pull a "Titanic" by capturing a double-digit number of Oscars.

    Adding to the hype surrounding the Oscar are the other awards. For instance, the Golden Globes, held in January, have developed a reputation for picking the future Oscar winners.

    If that's the case this year, then even money should be laid on, ahem, comic actor Jim Carrey taking top actor honors for his lead role in "The Truman Show." Other Golden Globe-nominated actors also have a chance, so the odds on Ian McKellen ("Gods and Monsters"), Nick Nolte ("Affliction") or Robin Williams ("Patch Adams") winning shouldn't be discounted.

    Other notable performances were turned in by Roberto Benigni ("Life is Beautiful") and Joseph Fiennes ("Shakespeare in Love"), who were both nominated for best actor by the Screen Actors Guild, and Bill Murray ("Rushmore").

    Meryl Streep

    On the women's side, fresh-faced Gwyneth Paltrow took best actress honors at the Golden Globes for "Shakespeare in Love," which means she's a favorite to be nominated for her first Academy Award. But Oscar veteran Meryl Streep, seemingly never out of the race, has also been drawing praise for her tragic role "One True Thing."

    Other possible contenders in this category: Cate Blanchett in "Elizabeth"; Susan Sarandon in "Stepmom"; Jane Horrocks in "Little Voice"; and Emily Watson in "Hilary and Jackie."

    The best picture race is expected to feature Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan," which has been hailed as perhaps the most accurate depiction of the horrors of war ever created on the silver screen. It could be challenged by such movies as "Elizabeth," "Shakespeare In Love," "The Horse Whisperer," "The Truman Show," "Life is Beautiful," and that other WWII flick, "The Thin Red Line."

    But again, it's all guesswork until Academy president Robert Rehme and actor Kevin Spacey take to television airwaves at 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday and officially reveal the nominations in nine of the 24 possible categories, with the other nominations unveiled through a press release.

    Then the real hype begins, and so does all the betting on who might win.

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