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    it was the 71st Annual Academy Awards Ceremony, March 21st 1999 and i had to wake up pretty early to watch the show, because there are 9 hours between california and France, i remember i saw Cate Blanchett, for the 1st time, she received her 1st acting nod for Elizabeth, and i was mesmerized, i found her so beautiful, so glamourous, and from this date, i totally felt in love with her, and became a huge fan…

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    Larry Young
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    I remember snippets of Oscars before this, but the first one I watched live was the 1996 show. I was obsessed with the English Patient, which I had seen very shortly before the telecast. Even at 15, I thought everything about it was achingly beautiful. To this day, I also have an affinity for collarbones because of the scene where Ralph Fiennes claims KST’s collarbone notch as his own. This also marked the beginning of my love affair with Brenda Blethyn. I don’t know that I ever felt as wholly satisfied with a group of winners ever again. As a nod to my love of the film, my mom put The English Patient box set in my Easter basket a few weeks later.

    Starting the next year, because I was an excellent student/good kid, my mom let me skip school for a half day to watch the Oscar nominations live on TV. I had to go to school at lunch though. She always wrote a note saying I had a doctor’s appointment. And an Oscar and awards obsession was born…

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    It was 5 years ago (2012). I was only 10 years old when I started to watch the Oscars. The only movie that year that stunned me was Hugo and it was the most buzzworthy film in that year. I remember watching Hugo with a big bunch of popcorn in my lap inside my room. I was mesmerized,captivated and somehow enchanted by that film. Then the nominations came I believe it was nominated for 11 Oscars. I was jumping with a big smile everytime I hear Hugo in the tv! I feel like I was also nominated for an award. There’s so many great films in that year but the content of the film is just that strong.Then the ceremony came, I and mom would lie down in bed with some snacks watching the Oscars. Hugo won a bunch of trophies that year I was very excited and happy and surprised!. Then all of a sudden Martin Scorsese lost the best director to “The Artist” director. I was very disappointed I cried for days. It will forever be stroll down to my memory lane.

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    I remember watching bits and pieces of the 1998 and 1999 shows however 2000 was the first year I watched it in full. I was 17 at the time and I remember being extremely ticked off when ‘The Sixth Sense’ went 0 for 6. I couldn’t believe that they gave Best Picture, Director and Original Screenplay to ‘American Beauty’ a film I just didn’t get. I agreed with its wins for Best Actor and Cinematography though and quite frankly I thought Annette Benning and Thomas Newman should have also won that year. ‘The Red Violin’ for Best Original Score? Are you kidding me? I found Newman’s music so beautiful and memorable even if I didn’t care for the film. Oddly enough I went back and watched ‘American Beauty’ again a few months later and wound up loving it the second time around although I still think ‘The Sixth Sense’ was better.

    Although nothing got me more upset that year than the Best Supporting Actor race. Haley Joel Osment was what made ‘The Sixth Sense’ work so well and I couldn’t believe they passed him over. As much as I like Michael Caine his work in ‘The Cider House Rules’ did nothing for me.

    However in the following years I soon learned not to get emotionally invested in what does or doesn’t win. I find it’s the only way I can make it through the Oscar ceremony. However my 17 year old self probably would have put his foot through the TV screen this year when ‘Moonlight’ won Best Picture. In all honesty I thought it was the worst film I saw in 2016 although ‘Dirty Grandpa’ was a very close second.

    I hope everyone is doing well.

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    For me, it would be the 2001 ceremony (for films of 2000) when “Gladiator” was taking home the big prizes, with Julia Roberts, “Traffic” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” dominating that year too.

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    Paul Hardister
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    I remember watching bits and pieces of the 1998 and 1999 shows however 2000 was the first year I watched it in full. I was 17 at the time and I remember being extremely ticked off when ‘The Sixth Sense’ went 0 for 6. I couldn’t believe that they gave Best Picture, Director and Original Screenplay to ‘American Beauty’ a film I just didn’t get. I agreed with its wins for Best Actor and Cinematography though and quite frankly I thought Annette Benning and Thomas Newman should have also won that year. ‘The Red Violin’ for Best Original Score? Are you kidding me? I found Newman’s music so beautiful and memorable even if I didn’t care for the film. Oddly enough I went back and watched ‘American Beauty’ again a few months later and wound up loving it the second time around although I still think ‘The Sixth Sense’ was better.

    Although nothing got me more upset that year than the Best Supporting Actor race. Haley Joel Osment was what made ‘The Sixth Sense’ work so well and I couldn’t believe they passed him over. As much as I like Michael Caine his work in ‘The Cider House Rules’ did nothing for me.

    However in the following years I soon learned not to get emotionally invested in what does or doesn’t win. I find it’s the only way I can make it through the Oscar ceremony. However my 17 year old self probably would have put his foot through the TV screen this year when ‘Moonlight’ won Best Picture. In all honesty I thought it was the worst film I saw in 2016 although ‘Dirty Grandpa’ was a very close second.

    I hope everyone is doing well.

    1999 is one of the best years in film history, for me at least. I love American Beauty and was so glad it won. I also really enjoyed Sixth Sense, The Insider and several others that weren’t up for Best Picture: The Matrix, Being John Malkovich, Magnolia, Eyes Wide Shut, Talented Mr. Ripley, and many more. There hasn’t been another year like it since in my mind.

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