Have Oscar nominators spoiled “The Crying Game” game?

The Irish thriller, an art-house hit now opening nationwide, collected six nominations yesterday for the 65th annual Academy Awards, including best picture.

Those who haven’t seen the film may not want to read further.

But those who have seen it will understand why the nomination of Jaye Davidson as best supporting actor could ruin the year’s most shocking plot twist.

Even before some media reports gave away the secret yesterday, director Neil Jordan conceded the nomination had made the revelation a “fait accompli.” Meanwile, the movie’s distributor, Miramax Films, was desperately trying to keep lips sealed.

Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein called the Associated Press urging the secret remain secret. “You’re not hurting me financially. You’re ruining the movie for audiences.”

Miramax waged a covert campaign to earn the nomination without giving away the surprise.

Academy voters were sent letters that were to be read only after seeing the film.

Davidson, who plays an exotic hairdresser in the film, is a model who never acted before “The Crying Game.”

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