Hollywood makes 'declaration of independents'
'The English Patient' leads Oscar nominations
February 11, 1997
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LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Independent films swept the nominations
for top Oscars Tuesday, taking four out of five of the slots
for best picture.
"The English Patient" led the pack with 12 nominations in the
top categories, including best picture, best director, best
actress, best actor and best supporting actress.
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List of nominations for the Academy Awards
Independent films "Fargo" and "Shine" also did well,
garnering seven nominations each in the top nine categories.
The nominations were announced Tuesday by Arthur Hiller,
president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,
and actress Mira Sorvino, the winner of last year's Oscar for
best supporting actress.
"The English Patient," "Fargo," and "Shine" will be competing
against "Jerry Maguire" and "Secrets and Lies" in the best
picture category. Of the five, only "Jerry Maguire" was
produced by a major Hollywood studio.
"I'd never believe that four out of five of the nominees are
independent movies. It's a revolution, " said Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers on CNN Showbiz Today.
'Rockers go home'
"The shocking thing to me was the Academy's message to
Madonna and to Courtney Love: 'Rockers go home,'" Travers
added. Both women were passed over in the best actress
category. Madonna starred in "Evita," while Love starred in
"The People vs. Larry Flynt."
Instead, the nominees for best actress were: Brenda Blethyn
for her performance in "Secrets and Lies," Diane Keaton for
"Marvin's Room," Frances McDormand for her portrayal of the
pregnant police chief in "Fargo," Kristin Scott Thomas for
her role in "The English Patient" and Emily Watson for her
role as the long-suffering wife in "Breaking the Waves."
The best actor field features three Hollywood stars and two
lesser known actors. Tom Cruise, who played the title role
in "Jerry Maguire," Woody Harrelson, the controversial porn
publisher in "The People vs. Larry Flynt" and Ralph Fiennes,
the lover in "The English Patient," will face off against two
newcomers: Australian Geoffrey Rush, who played classical
pianist David Helfgott in "Shine" and Billy Bob Thornton,
nominated for his role in "Sling Blade."
Independent directors nominated
The nominations for best director closely shadow those for
best picture with "Shine" (directed by Scott Hicks), "Fargo"
(Joel Coen), "Secrets and Lies" (Mike Leigh) and "The English
Patient" (Anthony Minghella) nominated in both categories.
"The People vs. Larry Flynt" won Milos Forman a nomination
for best director although it wasn't nominated for best
"The People vs. Larry Flynt"
"The English Patient"
"Secrets and Lies"
For best supporting actor the nominees are:Cuba Gooding Jr.
for "Jerry Maguire," William H. Macy for "Fargo," Armin
Mueller-Stahl for "Shine," Edward Norton for "Primal Fear"
and James Woods, who played racist Byron De La Beckwith in
"Ghosts of Mississippi."
In an interview with CNN following the announcement of the
nominations, an emotional Gooding said he was honored to have
been nominated and happy that his co-star Cruise was
nominated for best actor. (480K/21 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)
Best supporting actress nominations went to Joan Allen for
"The Crucible," Lauren Bacall for "The Mirror Has Two Faces,"
Juliette Binoche for "The English Patient," Barbara Hershey
for "Portrait of a Lady" and Marianne Jean-Baptiste for
"Secrets and Lies."
The Oscars will be presented during the 69th annual awards
ceremony on March 24, to be hosted by comedian Billy Crystal.
Correspondent Jim Moret contributed to this report.
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