OSCAR PREDICTIONS
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HERE ARE MY PREDICTIONS...An * determines who I think will win, a + who I think SHOULD win...

BEST PICTURE
“Elizabeth”
(+) “Life Is Beautiful”
(*) “Saving Private Ryan”
“Shakespeare in Love”
“The Thin Red Line”


BEST ACTOR


(+) (*) Roberto Benigni, “Life Is Beautiful”
Tom Hanks, “Saving Private Ryan”
Ian McKellan, “Gods and Monsters”
Nick Nolte, “Affliction”
Edward Norton, “American History X”


BEST ACTRESS


(+) Cate Blanchett, “Elizabeth”
Fernanda Montenegro, “Central Station”
(*)Gwyneth Paltrow, “Shakespeare in Love”
Meryl Streep, “One True Thing”
Emily Watson, “Hilary and Jackie”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR



(+) James Coburn, “Affliction”
(*) Robert Duvall, “A Civil Action”
Ed Harris, “The Truman Show"
Geoffrey Rush, “Shakespeare in Love”
Billy Bob Thornton, “A Simple Plan”


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kathy Bates, “Primary Colors”
Brenda Blethyn, “Little Voice”
(*) Judi Dench, “Shakespeare in Love”
Rachel Griffiths, “Hilary and Jackie”
(+) Lynn Redgrave, “Gods and Monsters”

BEST DIRECTOR



(+) Roberto Benigni, “Life Is Beautiful”
John Madden, “Shakespeare in Love”
Terrence Malick, “The Thin Red Line”
(*)Steven Spielberg, “Saving Private Ryan”
Peter Weir, “The Truman Show”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY


Warren Beatty and Jeremy Pikser, “Bulworth”
(+)Vincenzo Cerami and Roberto Benigni, “Life Is Beautiful”
Robert Rodat, “Saving Private Ryan”
(*) Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, “Shakespeare in Love”
Andrew Niccol, “The Truman Show”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY



Bill Condon, “Gods and Monsters”
(*) Scott Grank, “Out of Sight”
(+)Elaine May, “Primary Colors”
Scott B. Smith, “A Simple Plan”
Terrence Malick, “The Thin Red Line”


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM


(+)“Central Station,” Brazil
“Children of Heaven,” Iran
“The Grandfather,” Spain
(*) “Life Is Beautiful,” Italy
“Tango,” Argentina