Oscars 2001 rewind: What gained … and what ought to have gained

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Let’s be trustworthy: A lot of the enjoyment we get from the Oscars is wanting again — generally inside minutes after the ceremony ends — and griping concerning the decisions and, possibly, sometimes, reveling within the winners.

How did Oscar voters do 20 years in the past? Instances movie critic Justin Chang and columnist Glenn Whipp relitigate the 73rd Academy Awards, providing laments, endorsements and some recommendations.

Finest Image

Russell Crowe in "Gladiator," best picture at the 73rd Oscars.

Russell Crowe in “Gladiator,” finest image on the 73rd Oscars.

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“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”
“Erin Brockovich”

Winner: “Gladiator”

Chang: All hail the pulse-pounding motion and otherworldly serenity of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” by no small margin the best of those 5 nominees. However within the 12 months of Edward Yang’s chic household drama “Yi Yi,” it additionally shouldn’t have been the one movie from a Taiwanese director up for the large prize.

Whipp: It actually might have been a stellar 12 months for Asian cinema on the Oscars if Wong Kar Wai’s ravishing, rapturous “Within the Temper for Love,” Hong Kong’s submission for overseas language movie, had made the minimize. That’s a little bit of a cheat, although, because it wouldn’t be eligible for finest image for one more 12 months. So I’ll be part of Justin in endorsing “Crouching Tiger” for the win and “Yi Yi” for the save.

Tony Leung, left, and Maggie Cheung star in Wong Kar-wai's "In The Mood For Love" MOVIE SCHEDULE RELEASE FEB 2, 2001

Oscar ignored: Wong Kar-wai’s “In The Temper For Love,” starring Tony Leung, left, and Maggie Cheung. Not solely did it miss out on a finest image nomination, the Hong Kong submission for the 73rd Oscars wasn’t nominated for overseas language movie (now worldwide characteristic).

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Steven Soderbergh in his Universal City office on Nov. 15, 2000, with film strips from his movie "Traffic."

Steven Soderbergh in his Common Metropolis workplace on Nov. 15, 2000, after the blockbuster success of “Erin Brockovich” and earlier than the December launch of “Visitors,” which might go on to earn greater than $207.5 million worldwide. Soderbergh was nominated for each movies within the Oscars’ directing class. He gained for “Visitors,” seen within the movie strips at left.

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Stephen Daldry, “Billy Elliot”
Ang Lee, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”
Ridley Scott, “Gladiator”
Steven Soderbergh, “Erin Brockovich”
Steven Soderbergh, “Visitors”

Winner: Soderbergh, “Visitors”

Chang: I’m a fan of Lee, however since he would go on to win two directing Oscars, this one will be Soderbergh’s to maintain. I’d prefer to have seen them sq. off in opposition to the good French filmmaker Claire Denis for her scorchingly stunning work on “Beau Travail.”

Oscar overlooked: Director Claire Denis on March 9, 1997 at West Hollywood's Sunset Marquis Hotel.

Oscar ignored: Director Claire Denis on March 9, 1997 at West Hollywood’s Sundown Marquis Lodge.

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Whipp: Are we entering into the butterfly impact right here? If Lee had gained for “Crouching Tiger” (as he ought to have), would he have taken these different Oscars as properly? As for who ought to have joined him, I’d have liked to see Yang nominated for his serene swan tune.


Julia Roberts accepting the Oscar for lead actress at the 73rd Academy Awards at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium March 25, 2001

Julia Roberts accepting the Oscar for lead actress on the 73rd Academy Awards on the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday March 25, 2001.

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Joan Allen, “The Contender”
Juliette Binoche, “Chocolat”
Ellen Burstyn, “Requiem for a Dream”
Laura Linney, “You Can Depend on Me”
Julia Roberts, “Erin Brockovich”

Winner: Roberts

Chang: I wouldn’t undo Roberts’ victory for the world, even when I do favor Linney’s stirring, fine-grained work by a hair. As for which efficiency ought to have been nominated, admirers of Gillian Anderson’s work as Margaret Thatcher on “The Crown” ought to return and see her devastating efficiency in “The Home of Mirth.”

Gillian Anderson as Lily Bart in "The House of Mirth" the tale of a New York socialite.

Oscar ignored: Gillian Anderson in Terence Davies’ “The Home of Mirth,” the story of a New York socialite primarily based on the Edith Wharton novel.

(Jaap Buitendijk / Sony Photos Classics)

Whipp: Roberts was the proper name. And I don’t know the way Kirsten Dunst has by no means acquired an Oscar nomination, however between her luminous flip in Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides” and her terrific comedian tour de drive in “Carry It On,” she had me cheering for her.


Russell Crowe accepts the lead actor Oscar for his "Gladiator" performance at the 73rd Academy Awards on March 25, 2001.

Russell Crowe accepts the lead actor Oscar for his “Gladiator” efficiency on the 73rd Academy Awards on March 25, 2001.

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Javier Bardem, “Earlier than Evening Falls”
Russell Crowe, “Gladiator”
Tom Hanks, “Forged Away”
Ed Harris, “Pollock”
Geoffrey Rush, “Quills”

Winner: Crowe

Chang: I recall rooting for Bardem again in 2001, however Crowe’s “Gladiator” efficiency has rightly change into the stuff of film fantasy: He is Maximus, rattling it, and he will have his Oscar on this life or the subsequent. He ought to have been joined on this class by Mark Ruffalo’s bruising, career-making flip in “You Can Depend on Me.”

Mark Ruffalo, left, and Rory Culkin in "You Can Count On Me."

Oscar ignored: Mark Ruffalo’s breakthrough efficiency in Kenneth Lonergan’s “You Can Depend On Me.” He’s seen right here at proper in a scene from the movie with Rory Culkin.

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Whipp: Crowe had a exceptional run and possibly ought to have gained a 12 months earlier for “The Insider.” I can’t begrudge his glowering presence (on the films or the Oscars). And once more, I’ll nominate one other chronically underappreciated actor: John Cusack, leaning into the male entitlement of the wry, despondent, generally sociopathic report retailer proprietor in “Excessive Constancy.”

Supporting Actress

Marcia Gay Harden accepts the supporting actress Oscar at the 73rd Academy Awards for her role in "Pollock."

Marcia Homosexual Harden accepts the supporting actress Oscar on the 73rd Academy Awards for her position in “Pollock.”

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Judi Dench, “Chocolat”
Marcia Homosexual Harden, “Pollock”
Kate Hudson, “Virtually Well-known”
Frances McDormand, “Virtually Well-known”
Julie Walters, “Billy Elliot”

Winner: Harden

Chang: The explanation Harden’s win was so thrilling was that it was so clearly achieved on the energy of her efficiency within the class’s most under-seen film. Extra broadly seen, and no much less revelatory, was Zhang Ziyi’s dazzling show of martial-arts prowess and emotional ferocity in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

Whipp: Once we started researching and scripting this piece, I remembered Zhang as a nominee. How does “Crouching Tiger” earn 10 nominations and none for its spectacular solid? (Don’t reply. I’ll simply go on believing she was nominated.) And, sure, all energy to “Pollock” and the chemistry between Harden and Harris.

Oscar overlooked: Zhang Ziyi in "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon."

Oscar ignored: Zhang Ziyi in “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.”

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Supporting Actor

Benicio Del Toro accepts the supporting actor Oscar for his role in "Traffic" during the 73rd annual Academy Awards.

Benicio Del Toro accepts the supporting actor Oscar for his position in “Visitors” throughout the 73rd annual Academy Awards.

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Jeff Bridges, “The Contender”
Benicio Del Toro, “Visitors”
Willem Dafoe, “Shadow of a Vampire”
Albert Finney, “Erin Brockovich”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Gladiator”

Winner: Del Toro

Chang: A detailed name, however I’d say the perpetually underappreciated Dafoe deserved to win this one by a Nosferatu. And talking of perpetually underappreciated: I’d have cleared a slot on this class for Bruce Greenwood’s marvelous efficiency as President Kennedy within the Cuban missile disaster drama “13 Days.”

Whipp: I went with Dafoe that 12 months within the L.A. Movie Critics’ vote, however I’m type of a fan of Del Toro now and his magnetic flip because the Mexican border cop in “Visitors.” I don’t know if I might enhance this set of 5, however I watch “Finest in Present” at the least as soon as each couple of years simply to enjoy Fred Willard’s clueless coloration commentary.

Fred Willard, left, and Jim Piddock in "Best in Show" as Mayflower Kennel Club dog show commentators.

Oscar ignored: Fred Willard, seen right here at left with Jim Piddock in “Finest in Present.” The 2 performed Mayflower Kennel Membership canine present commentators Beck Laughlin and Trevor Beckwith within the movie that has change into a comedy basic.

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Tailored Screenplay

Benicio del Toro stars as Javier Rodriguez

Benicio del Toro stars as Javier Rodriguez within the Steven Soderbergh’s “Visitors.”

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“Chocolat,” Robert Nelson Jacobs
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Wang Hui Ling and James Schamus and Tsai Kuo Jung
“O Brother, The place Artwork Thou?” Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
“Visitors,” Stephen Gaghan
“Surprise Boys,” Steve Kloves

Winner: “Visitors”

Chang: This could have been a logical bone to throw to “Surprise Boys,” so lovingly tailored from Michael Chabon’s novel and so grievously under-loved come Oscar time. Even much less appreciated: Terence Davies’ good, unerring adaptation of Edith Wharton’s “The Home of Mirth,” which absolutely lives as much as its supply materials’s tragic splendor.

Whipp: Because the Coens have been (considerably) appreciated by way of the years, I’d go along with “Surprise Boys” as properly, a film that was in theaters when the earlier 12 months’s Oscars had been held and stood above many of the nominated movies. And is there a extra imaginative adaptation than Denis’ “Beau Travail,” which turned Herman Melville’s unfinished novella “Billy Budd” right into a sweeping ballet?

Michael Douglas, left, as Grady Tripp and Tobey Maguire as James Leer in Paramount Pictures "Wonder Boys."

Oscar denied: “Surprise Boys,” which starred Michael Douglas, left, as Grady Tripp with Tobey Maguire as James Leer.

(Frank Connor / Paramount Photos)


Patrick Fugit as William Miller, left,  with "band aid" Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in "Almost Famous.

“Virtually Well-known,” directed and written by Cameron Crowe, tells the semi-autobiographical story of younger Rolling Stone author William Miller performed by Patrick Fugit, left, seen right here with “band help” Penny Lane performed by Kate Hudson, whose efficiency earned her a supporting actress nomination. Frances McDormand was additionally nominated within the class for her position as Miller’s mom. Crowe gained the unique screenplay Oscar for his script.

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“Virtually Well-known,” Cameron Crowe
“Billy Elliot,” Lee Corridor
“Erin Brockovich,” Susannah Grant
“Gladiator,” David Franzoni and John Logan and William Nicholson; story by David Franzoni
“You Can Depend on Me,” Kenneth Lonergan

Winner: “Virtually Well-known”

Chang: Historical past information this as an exceptionally tight race between “Virtually Well-known” and “You Can Depend on Me”; the previous prevailed, however in my coronary heart it’s a tie. The competitors would’ve been even fiercer with David Mamet’s whip-smart comedy “State and Important” within the combine.

Whipp: “Virtually Well-known” is peak interval Crowe. “Hen Run” arrived a 12 months earlier than the academy created its animated characteristic class — so, sadly, this wickedly intelligent film, Aardman’s debut characteristic, went unloved. Given the bias in opposition to animation, it most likely would have been a tough shell on this class anyway.

William H. Macy, left, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, in David Mamet's "State and Main."

Oscar ignored: “State and Important,” written and directed by David Mamet. Among the many movie’s stars had been William H. Macy, left, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, who performed a tortured screenwriter.

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