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ISSUE 115 VOL 17 PUBLISHED 4/12/2002

Winners can't stop talking

By Anonymous
Contributing Writer

Friday, April 12, 2002

Last month's Oscar ceremony was so long that even Best Actress winner Halle Berry wanted it to end. Even though the show clocked in at a whopping four hours and 17 minutes, there were just enough surprises to keep everyone entertained. Here are the highlights. 7:45 p.m. Jennifer Connelly wins Best Supporting Actress for "A Beautiful Mind." Since everyone expects her to win, she doesn't look too shocked, and, probably because of nervousness, doesn't smile much. Still, her apparent lack of enthusiasm doesn't detract from a deserving win for a beautifully nuanced performance - although it might have been fun to watch Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith tie for "Gosford Park." 8:10 p.m. Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller present "Moulin Rouge" with Best Costume Design, but not before showing a hilarious clip in which they spar with each other. 8:57 p.m. Nathan Lane presents the award for Best Animated Feature. "I know good ol' Walt Disney would be smiling right now, if he wasn't frozen solid," Lane jokes. And he's probably right: "Shrek" deservedly won the contest, hands down. 9:10 p.m. Jim Broadbent edges out Ian McKellen to win Best Supporting Actor for "Iris." In one of the most quiet upsets of the evening, Broadbent thanks costars Judi Dench, Kate Winslet and Hugh Bonneville and says that "making 'Iris' was the most joyous, wonderful experience." That must have taken form in his performance, a heartbreaking portrayal of novelist John Bayley during the final months of the life of his wife, Iris Murdoch. His spirit in the role surpassed even the enthusiasm he exhibited in "Moulin Rouge." 9:35 p.m. John Williams and his orchestra perform some of the most memorable film score snippets in film history. Included in the mix are "E.T.," "The Godfather," "Psycho," "Gone With the Wind," "Titanic," and "Star Wars." Just a couple of minutes later, Williams loses the Best Score award to Howard Shore, who takes home the gold for his memorable music for "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." I think Johnny has enough Oscars at home. 9:46 p.m. An Honorary Oscar is awarded to 75-year-old Sidney Potier, which couldn't be more fitting for the evening (keep reading). 10:10 p.m. All of the Oscar-nominated songs are performed by singers ranging from Sting to Enya. In an upset, Randy Newman wins for his "Monsters, Inc" song, "If I Didn't Have You" after 16 nominations. Finally, no more Susan Lucci comparisons. 10:47 p.m. "Amelie" loses Best Foreign Language Film to "No Man's Land." May the French curse Bosnia! 11:08 p.m. Russell Crowe presents the award for Best Actress. Halle Berry beats Sissy Spacek and bawls her way to the stage, where she thanks everyone from Dorothy Dandrige to contemporary African American actresses, including Angela Bassett and Vivica A. Fox. It is definitely the night's emotional high point, and even though I was a big fan of Spacek's subtle work in "In the Bedroom," I couldn't help but be moved by Berry's triumph. 11:28 p.m. Julia Roberts opens the Best Actor envelope, proclaims, "I love my life and calls Denzel Washington to the stage. I couldn't tell who was happier, Denzel or Julia. Russell Crowe was good in "A Beautiful Mind," but to have him win two years in a row? Thank you, Denzel. 11:35 p.m. Opie wins Best Director! Andy Griffith would be proud of Ron Howard, who finally triumphs on his first nomination, for "A Beautiful Mind." 11:43 p.m. Predictably, Tom Hanks presents the Best Picture award to "A Beautiful Mind" and Howard is called to the stage yet again. In a year of strong nominees, the clever and emotional "Mind" was a good choice although I hope the hobbits return to the party next year. 11:47 p.m. Host Whoopi Goldberg says good night. Perhaps bedtime will come a little sooner next year.

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