This page contains reviews of 1999 movies nominated for Academy Awards.

Note: this is not a complete list of nominated films, only the ones reviewed by me.

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ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER ****½ (R/1:41/11-24-99) Spanish woman discovers she is the father of a nun's baby.
Nominated for: Foreign Language Film.
Won: Foreign Language Film.
AMERICAN BEAUTY **** (R/2:01/10-1-99) Marital dysfunction, Spacey-style.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Actress (Annette Bening), Directing (Sam Mendes), Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Score, Original Screenplay (Alan Ball).
Won: Best Picture, Best Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Director (Sam Mendes), Best Original Screenplay (Alan Ball).
ANGELA'S ASHES ****½ (R/2:25/12-25-99) A fine autobiographical story revolving around a dirty Limerick.
Nominated for: Original Score.
ANNA AND THE KING ****½ (PG-13/2:20/12-17-99) Foster goes for Chow and discovers the Thais that bind.
Nominated for: Art Direction, Costume Design.
AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME **** (PG-13/1:35/6-11-99) Another 50 ways to say Johnson.
Nominated for: Makeup.
BEING JOHN MALKOVICH ***** (R/1:52/10-29-99) Hm. Smells like ham in here.
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Keener), Directing (Spike Jonze), Original Screenplay (Charlie Kaufman).
BICENTENNIAL MAN **** (PG/2:11/12-17-99) It's Mork from Ork, with a titanium suit.
Nominated for: Makeup.
BOYS DON'T CRY ****½ (R/1:58/10-22-99) Boy trapped in girl's body attacked by boys trapped in small brains.
Nominated for: Best Actress (Hilary Swank), Best Supporting Actress (Chloë Sevigny).
Won: Best Actress (Hilary Swank).
THE CIDER HOUSE RULES ****½ (PG-13/2:11/12-17-99) Young doctor goes away to learn the knife business.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Michael Caine), Directing (Lasse Hallström), Art Direction, Film Editing, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay (John Irving).
Won: Best Supporting Actor (Michael Caine), Adapted Screenplay (John Irving).
THE END OF THE AFFAIR ****½ (R/1:49/12-3-99) Two lovers get bombed together and pay the price.
Nominated for: Best Actress (Julianne Moore), Cinematography.
GIRL, INTERRUPTED ****½ (R/2:07/12-21-99) Ryder and Jolie force the state to open up a can of Whoopi.
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress (Angelina Jolie).
Won: Best Supporting Actress (Angelina Jolie).
THE GREEN MILE ****½ (R/3:00/12-10-99) That prison sure goes through a lot of light bulbs.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Michael Clarke Duncan), Sound, Adapted Screenplay.
THE HURRICANE **** (R/2:25/12-29-99) Ex-prize fighter wrongly imprisoned, sprung by Peter, Paul, & Mary.
Nominated for: Best Actor (Denzel Washington).
THE INSIDER ***** (R/2:37/11-5-99) You mean smoking is bad for you? I had no idea.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor (Russell Crowe), Directing (Michael Mann), Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound, Adapted Screenplay (Eric Roth & Michael Mann).
LIFE ****½ (R/1:48/4-16-99) Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence spend about 60 years of quality time together.
Nominated for: Makeup.
MAGNOLIA **** (R/2:59/12-17-99) Bizarre event leads to drastic cuts in the price of frog legs.
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor (Tom Cruise), Original Song ("Save Me," written by Aimee Mann).
THE MATRIX ***½ (R/2:16/3-31-99) Reeves gets cooking, but almost lets his Fishburne.
Nominated for: Film Editing, Sound, Sound Effects Editing, Visual Effects.
Won: Film Editing, Sound, Sound Effects Editing, Visual Effects.
THE MUMMY **** (PG-13/2:00/5-7-99) Once again, Fraser shows he isn't wrapped too tightly.
Nominated for: Sound.
MUSIC OF THE HEART *** (PG/2:04/10-29-99) Perfectly good violin story is warped by immersion in pool of tears.
Nominated for: Best Actress (Meryl Streep), Original Song ("Music Of My Heart," written by Dianne Warren).
THE SIXTH SENSE ****½ (PG-13/1:47/8-6-99) Boy sees dead. Doctor sees boy. Boy and doctor see light.
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Haley Joel Osment), Best Supporting Actress (Toni Collette), Directing (M. Night Shyamalan), Film Editing, Original Screenplay (M. Night Shyamalan).
SLEEPY HOLLOW *** (R/1:45/11-19-99) I think the horseman visited Burton when he was choosing the release date.
Nominated for: Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design.
Won: Art Direction.
SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER, & UNCUT **** (R/1:20/6-30-99) Oh, my God! They showed Kenny!
Nominated for: Original Song ("Blame Canada," written by Trey Parker & Marc Shaiman).
SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS ****½ (PG-13/2:06/12-22-99) Fisherman held in murder of non-fish.
Nominated for: Cinematography.
STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 - THE PHANTOM MENACE ****½ (PG/2:11/5-19-99) R C-3PO & R2-D2 O.K. 4 Y2K?
Nominated for: Sound, Sound Effects Editing, Visual Effects.
STUART LITTLE **½ (PG/1:20/12-17-99) Family adopts mouse, mouse chews holes in script.
Nominated for: Visual Effects.
THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY **** (R/1:40/12-25-99) Note to self: never go boating with Matt Damon.
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor (Jude Law), Art Direction, Costume Design, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay (Anthony Minghella).
TARZAN ****½ (G/1:28/6-18-99) Man swings out of trees into explorer's enchanted forest.
Nominated for: Original Song ("You'll Be In My Heart," written by Phil Collins).
Won: Original Song ("You'll Be In My Heart," written by Phil Collins).
TOY STORY 2 ***** (G/1:32/11-24-99) Buzz meets new girlfriend, gets Woody.
Nominated for: Original Song ("When She Loved Me," written by Randy Newman).
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