Arguing the Academy Award Nominations

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And the nominees are: Best Picture: “Traffic,” “Erin Brokovich,” “Gladiator,” “Chocolat,” and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

Best Actor: Javier Bardem in “Before Night Falls,” Russell Crowe in “Gladiator,” Tom Hanks in “Cast Away,” Ed Harris in “Pollack,” and Geoffrey Rush in “Quills.” Best Actress: Joan Allen in “The Contender,” Juliette Binoche in “Chocolat,” Ellen Burstyn in “Requiem for a Dream,” Laura Linney in “You Can Count on Me,” and Julia Roberts in “Erin Brokovich.”

The real news coming from the Academy this morning if the Stephen Soderburgh sweep. The director’s biggest threat this year is himself. He was nominated twice for best picture and twice for best director for “Traffic” and Erin Brokovich.” That’s a feat only Francis Ford Coppola pulled off.
(Hosted by Christopher Lydon)


Steve Vineberg, Professor of theater and film at Holy Cross College

and Steve Geller, Professor of film at Boston University.