There were no clear favorites this year, certainly nothing with the clout of Titanic or Shakespeare in Love.
American Beauty – who earned the most nominations with eight – may have been the the only sure bet. In this year’s batch of films, Being John Malkovitch and The Talented Mr. Ripley were also considered favorites, but both fell well short of expectations, but it’s fun to second-guess the Academy.
We’re reviewing the Oscar nominations in this hour of The Connection.
(Hosted by Christopher Lydon)
Peter Keough, film critic for the Boston Phoenix and Charlie Taylor, film critic for Salon.com.