The Felixes

Or, the Anti-Oscars.TM

Best Actor 1998

Roberto Begnini in Life Is Beautiful

PRO: The return of Chaplin/Sellars/Jerry Lewis, depending on who you talk to; academy voters love Holocaust movies

CON: He's really just Jim Carrey with foreign cachet and less hair; accused of making light of the Holocaust; his butt does not talk.

Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan

PRO: tempers his cracking "There's no crying in baseball" voice through the entire picture; pulls off the hand-shaking stuff pretty nicely; best performance of his career.

CON: Has won twice and is running out of high school teachers to thank; Hanks seems on a desparate mission to instruct movie-goers in American history (Apollo 13, Forrest Gump, From the Earth to the Moon.) When's the Smoot-Hawley tariff flick?

Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters

PRO: First sympathetic role after two Nazis and Czar Nicolas II; plays a gay guy, which worked for Hanks in Philadelphia

CON: Plays a misunderstood Hollywood director, which alienates both the actors' and writers' branches. Really is gay, so performance neither a stretch nor subversive

Nick Nolte in Affliction

PRO: Fine shades of grizzled; ripped a tooth out of his mouth with pliers; blames his parents for his troubles.

CON: Not a Hollywood guy; a little TOO convincing as a drunken reprobate; independent movie set just a few bacon slices too close to Canada.

Edward Norton in American History X

PRO: Convincingly played a Nazi who can shoot some hoops. Who's got game, Denzel?

CON: Small movie; goatees are out, man, even for Nazis. Life Is Beautiful has the corner on Nazis this year; infighting with director sure to hurt his chances for a win, but when you're 1,000-1, forget it anyway.

Best Actress 1998

Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth

PRO: Hollywood moguls admire movies about times when rulers wielded REAL authority;

CON: Outqueened in several performances: by Judi Dench in same role in Shakespeare in Love, by boisterous Latifah in Living Out Loud, and Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters.

Fernanda Montenegro in Central Station

PRO: Winning will spawn obnoxious "Countess of Montenegro" headlines; not upstaged by kid; at last, an actress who knows how to eat. Yeah!

CON: Foreign film; Rodizio, despite our best efforts, hasn't caught on in L.A. yet.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love

PRO: Oscar trifecta: cross-dresses, shows her ta-tas, and dies; Golden Globe winner; big, happy movie; daughter of industry royalty has already proven literary chops (Emma, A Perfect Murder)

CON: overrated scrawny-necked "It girl" needs to go away for a while; a remake will be made with Alicia Silverstone that beats the hell out of this movie

Meryl Streep in One True Thing

PRO: Dies (we think: she has cancer, we didn't see it). Won already, but surprisingly only once in this category; Existence of Stepmom means One True Thing isn't considered the most manipulative and cloying movie of the year.

CON: Does no accent; has already won this award . . . and maybe the dingo took her Oscar.

Emily Watson in Hilary and Jackie

PRO: Previous nominee (Breaking the Waves) proves she's not a flash in the pan, even though the movie was; multiple sclerosis more uplifting than the cancer suffered by Streep's character.

CON: Confused viewers (and web site creator) expecting flick about wives of philandering Presidents

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1998 Archives Table of Contents

Best Picture | Best Actor | Best Actress | Best Supporting Actor | Best Supporting Actress

Best Director | Best Foreign Film | Original Screenplay | Adapted Screenplay

Original Song | Original Dramatic Score | Original Comedy or Musical Score

Cinematography | Art Direction/Set Decoration | Editing | Documentary Feature

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