2000 Oscars

This page covers the Academy Awards for films released in 2000, to be awarded on March 25, 2001. This is my rough ranking of the nominees in each category (I've actually managed to see all of them), followed by my prediction of who will actually win. For a different take on the year's best films, see Roger Ebert's top 10 list for the year.

-- Mike, Rankings and predictions as of 3/22/2001, updated with winners 3/25/2001

Best Picture

  1. Traffic *
  2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon **
  3. Erin Brockovich
  4. Chocolat
  5. Gladiator
My prediction: Gladiator
Actual winner: Gladiator

Best Director

  1. Steven Soderbergh, Traffic
  2. Ang Lee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  3. Steven Soderbergh, Erin Brockovich
  4. Ridley Scott, Gladiator
  5. Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot
My prediction: Ang Lee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Actual winner: Steven Soderbergh, Traffic

Best Actress

  1. Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream *
  2. Laura Linney, You Can Count On Me
  3. Joan Allen, The Contender **
  4. Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich
  5. Juliette Binoche, Chocolat
My prediction: Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich
Actual winner: Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich

Best Actor

  1. Ed Harris, Pollock *
  2. Tom Hanks, Cast Away **
  3. Javier Bardem, Before Night Falls
  4. Geoffrey Rush, Quills
  5. Russell Crowe, Gladiator
My prediction: Tom Hanks, Cast Away
Actual winner: Russell Crowe, Gladiator

Best Supporting Actor

  1. Benicio Del Toro, Traffic
  2. Willem Dafoe, Shadow of the Vampire *
  3. Jeff Bridges, The Contender **
  4. Albert Finney, Erin Brockovich
  5. Joaquin Phoenix, Gladiator
My prediction: Benicio Del Toro, Traffic
Actual winner: Benicio Del Toro, Traffic

Best Supporting Actress

  1. Kate Hudson, Almost Famous *, **
  2. Marcia Gay Harden, Pollock
  3. Frances McDormand, Almost Famous
  4. Judi Dench, Chocolat
  5. Julie Walters, Billy Elliot
My prediction: Judi Dench, Chocolat
Actual winner: Marcia Gay Harden, Pollock

Best Original Screenplay

  1. You Can Count On Me
  2. Almost Famous
  3. Billy Elliot
  4. Erin Brockovich
  5. Gladiator
My prediction: You Can Count On Me
Actual winner: Almost Famous

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  2. Wonder Boys
  3. Traffic
  4. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  5. Chocolat
My prediction: Traffic
Actual winner: Traffic

* Roger Ebert's pick on Ebert and Roeper and the Movies
** Richard Roeper's pick on Ebert and Roeper and the Movies

Filmography links courtesy of IMDb.

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