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FEBRUARY 28, 2000 VOL. 155 NO. 8

Spotlight

AMERICAN NEOGOTHIC: Though 72 years old, Oscar still seems to revel in mid-life crises. Bravura performances from Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening as an undersexed, overstressed suburban couple won neophyte director Sam Mendes' American Beauty eight Academy Award nominations. Illustration for TIME by Michele Chang

Winners
GEORGE MICHAEL
Court rejects L.A. cop's bid to sue pop star for $10 million over nudge-nudge, wink-wink video
FRANKLIN THE TURTLE
Canada's star reptile wins Sears merchandising deal, will soon be household name in the U.S.
MIR SPACE STATION
Investors will turn problem platform into holiday spot and film set. For Armageddon 2?
  Losers
WOLFGANG SCHÄUBLE
Christian Democratic leader resigns over involvement in the financial scandal that sank Kohl
JIM CARREY
And the winner isn't... Despite acclaim for Man on the Moon, he's snubbed by Oscar--again!
MARS POLAR LANDER
NASA declares awol spacecraft dead as faint signals are found to be terrestrial in origin

Verbatim
"The U.S. is brainwashing the world... even Russians."
LEONID IVASHOV, a general in Moscow's Defense Ministry, speaking at a Geneva conference

"I am like a cat sitting on a box of mice, thinking about which one I'll eat first."
KARLHEINZ SCHREIBER, arms dealer involved in Germany's finance scandal and now free on bail after doing time for tax evasion, on plans to take revenge on the Christian Democrats who fingered him
  "There are laws that don't let people have their own lives, and we want to change that."
MOHAMMED REZA KHATAMI, brother of Iran's reformist President, on the eve of parliamentary elections

"In the area of entertainment journalism, the idea of truth basically goes out the window."
GEORGE LUCAS, Star Wars director, speaking to students at the University of California, Berkeley

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