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Chi crix like ‘Line,’ ‘Show’

'Private Ryan,' 'Shakespeare' vie for title

Ruminations on war and the media led the field of nominees in the 11th annual Chicago Film Critics Awards. Both Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line” and the Jim Carrey starrer “The Truman Show” received five nominations each, including citings as film of the year.

Other best pics on the slate included “The Butcher Boy,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Life Is Beautiful” and “Shakespeare in Love.”

The 1998 slate by the 37-member Windy City reviewers mostly towed to pics and individuals who had been previously cited by other reviewers and the Golden Globes. However, recent honorees who failed to make the cut included actress Fernanda Montenegro of “Central Station” and Nick Nolte of “Affliction.” Nolte, however, was on the short list for best supporting actor for his role in “The Thin Red Line.”

On the flip side, the group took notice of several notable releases that had bypassed similar panels. Edward Norton’s work in “American History X” was cited in the best actor category and the Oprah Winfrey production of “Beloved” was cited with three nominations including two for actress Kimberly Elise as supporting actress and most promising actress.

The Chicago derby has 12 competitive categories and presents special awards to an individual and organizations that have made significant contributions to the local film scene.

Winners and presentations will be held March 1 at an evening gala at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

The slate of nominees follows:

PICTURE: “The Butcher Boy,” “Life Is Beautiful”; “Saving Private Ryan”; “Shakespeare in Love”; “The Thin Red Line”; “The Truman Show.”

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: “Celebration” (Denmark), “Fireworks” (Japan); “Life Is Beautiful” (Italy); “Madadayo” (Japan); “Taste of Cherry” (Iran).

DIRECTOR: John Boorman, “The General”; Neil Jordan, “The Butcher Boy”; Terrence Malick, “The Thin Red Line”; Steven Spielberg, “Saving Private Ryan”; Peter Weir, “The Truman Show.”

SCREENPLAY: Warren Beatty, Jeremy Pikser, “Bulworth”; Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard, “Shakespeare in Love”; Todd Solondz, ‘Happiness”; Scott B. Smith, “A Simple Plan”; Andrew Niccol, “The Truman Show.”

ACTOR: Roberto Benigni, “Life Is Beautiful”; Jim Carrey, “The Truman Show”; Tom Hanks, “Saving Private Ryan”; Ian McKellen, “Gods and Monsters”; Edward Norton, “American History X.”

ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett, “Elizabeth”; Jane Horrocks, “Little Voice”; Holly Hunter, “Living Out Loud”; Gwyneth Paltrow, “Shakespeare in Love”; Emily Watson, “Hilary and Jackie.”

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Michael Caine, “Little Voice”; Robert Duvall, “A Civil Action”; Bill Murray, “Rushmore”; Nick Nolte, “The Thin Red Line”; Billy Bob Thornton, “A Simple Plan.”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Joan Allen, “Pleasantville”; Kathy Bates, “Primary Colors”; Kimberly Elise, “Beloved”; Rachel Griffiths, “Hilary and Jackie”; Lisa Kudrow, “The Opposite of Sex.”

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Remi Adefarasin, “Elizabeth”; Tak Fujimoto, “Beloved”; Janusz Kaminski, “Saving Private Ryan”; Robert Richardson, “The Horse Whisperer”; John Toll, “The Thin Red Line.”

ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE: Burkhard Dallwitz, “The Truman Show”; Danny Elfman, “A Simple Plan”; Elliot Goldenthal, “The Butcher Boy”; David Hirschfeld, “Elizabeth”; Randy Newman, “A Bug’s Life.”

MOST PROMISING ACTOR: Jim Caviezel, “The Thin Red Line”; Joseph Fiennes, “Shakespeare in Love”; Adrian Lester, “Primary Colors”; Eamonn Owens, “The Butcher Boy”; Jason Schwartzman, “Rushmore.”

MOST PROMISING ACTRESS: Kimberly Elise, “Beloved”; Scarlett Johansson, “The Horse Whisperers”; Natasha Lyonne, “Slums of Beverly Hills”; Leelee Sobieski, “A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries”; Dominique Swain, “Lolita.”