Best Picture: American Beauty
Sam Mendes (American Beauty) The Wachowkis (The Matrix)
Kevin Spacey (American Beauty) Bruce Willis (The Sixth Sense)
Some of you may say, “What you talkin’ about, Willis?” But consider this: The Sixth Sense was the only ’99 film to make the AFI Top 100. While we remember Haley Joel Osment’s chilling child performance and M. Night Shyamalan’s shocking twist, Bruce Willis was the rock carrying both. After awarding Spacey for The Usual Suspects & Se7en, it’s time for Willis, whose iconic Die Hard role lost to Hoffman in Rain Man and whose stellar Pulp Fiction role fell to Landau in Ed Wood.
Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry) Eihi Shiina (Audition)
Takashi Miike’s Audition remains one of the scariest f’n things I’ve ever seen, and it’s all due to the creepy performance by Eihi Shiina, who auditions to become a widower’s new wife.
Best Supporting Actor:
Michael Caine (Cider House Rules) Gary Cole (Office Space)
Um, yeah, I’m gonna have to ask you to give Best Supporting Actor to Gary Cole in Office Space. And if we could all talk like annoying boss Bill Lumbergh for the rest of time, that would be great. OK?
Best Supporting Actress:
Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted) Julianne Moore (Magnolia)
Best Original Screenplay:
American Beauty Being John Malkovich (Charlie Kaufman)
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Cider House Rules Fight Club (Jim Uhls from Chuck Palahniuk’s book)