Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

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Byline: The Dark JONATHAN RICHARDS For the Journal

This year might be most remembered for the nominees that were left out

The world will little note nor long remember this year's Oscars. Seldom have so many been so hyped for so little. There are fewer sure things than usual, but somebody's got to win on Sunday night, and somebody's got to lose. So let's handicap the 2001 edition of Hollywood's annual self-congratulation orgy:

* Foreign Language Film The French ("The Taste of Others") are boycotting the Oscars this year. Uh-oh. Nobody's heard of any of the other nominees. How can it not go to the all-time, foreign-language box-office champ, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"?

* Adapted Screenplay The nomination of "Chocolat" is a testament to the money and muscle of Miramax. "Crouching Tiger" isn't even in English and the Coens ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?") never even read their source, Homer. It should be close between "Wonder Boys" and "Traffic" with the edge to the more recent "Traffic."

* Original Screenplay Was there a screenplay to "Gladiator"? "Billy Elliott" snuck in under the tent. …

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