Checking out the buzz on this year's Oscars

By Ryan M.
St. Stephen High School
St. Stephen, New Brunswick

What are you doing March 26th? You better turn to ABC because The Oscars are starting!

The 23 categories are going to be announced and the winners/losers will finally know where they stand. Some of the most well-known categories include: Best Picture, Best Actor In A Lead Role, Best Actor In A Supporting Role, Best Actress In A Lead Role, Best Actress In A Supporting Role, Best Directing, and Most Original Screenplay.


One movie that was overlooked in every category, that I think deserved nomination for Best Picture, Best Actor In A Lead Role, and Best Actor In A Supporting Role was "Man On The Moon". I think that this movie was fantastic. Jim Carey as Andy Kaufman and Danny DeVito as George Shapiro, Andy's manager, both should be recognized for their great roles.

The Best Picture movies that made it onto the ballet sheet are American Beauty, The Cider House Rules, The Green Mile, The Insider, and The Sixth Sense. Out of the five movies I've only seen The Sixth Sense, which I loved. I think that Haley Joel Osment, who plays Cole Sear, a young boy who's extremely disturbed because he sees ghosts, should get The Best Actor In A Supporting Role Oscar.

The Best Actors are Russell Crowe for The Insider, Richard Farnsworth for The Straight Story, Sean Penn for Sweet And Low Down, Kevin Spacey for American Beauty and Denzel Washington for The Hurricane. Now I haven't seen any of these movies but from what I've heard Kevin Spacey and Denzel Washington did excellent jobs and I'd say are probably the top competitors.

For Best Actress I'd say the top people are either Annette Bening for American Beauty or Hilary Swank for Boys Don't Cry. The other Best Actresses are Janet McTeer for Tumbleweeds, Julianne Moore The End Of The Affair for, and Meryl Streep for Music Of My Heart. From everything I've read and heard I know that the movie Boys Don't Cry was beautifully done and Hilary Swank did an excellent job.

  The movie American Beauty got the most nominations and I'm guessing it was very deserving of them all. The movie stars Kevin Spacey as an "unremarkable man trapped in a suburban wasteland", Annette Bening as his "driven, real estate-selling wife". This is one of the only movies I've been waiting so long to see.

There are only a few days until we get to find out who wins and who loses. I'm pretty sure that American Beauty will take home the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Directing. I think that the Most Original Screenplay will defiantly go to Being John Malkovich. That movie is the most far-out one that I've heard of in a long time.