I had the advantage of living in England when The Sixth Sense came out. Katie-Bar-The-Door and I had never heard of it when we came back to the U.S. for a visit; all we knew was that it starred Bruce Willis and that Katie's mom had seen it—twice! That notion was so incongruous to us that we raced right out and saw it, too, with no idea of what it was about—no hype, no trailers, no spoilers, no nothing, not even a knowledge of what genre it fit into. We might have been the only two people in history who were throughly surprised by its twists and turns: we didn't even know that it had twists and turns.
We've since seen it a number of times. For us, anyway, it still holds up.
PICTURE (Drama) winner:The Sixth Sense (prod. Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Barry Mendel)
PICTURE (Comedy/Musical) winner:Three Kings (prod. Paul Junger Witt, Edward L. McDonnell and Charles Roven) Must-See Comedy/Musical:
PICTURE (Foreign Language) winner:Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother) (prod. Agustín Almodóvar and Michel Ruben)
ACTOR (Drama) winner: Kevin Spacey (American Beauty) nominees:
ACTOR (Comedy/Musical) winner: Jim Carrey (Man on the Moon)
Named for Katie-Bar-The-Door, the Katies are "alternate Oscars"—who should have been nominated, who should have won—but really they're just an excuse to write a history of the movies from the Silent Era to the present day.
To see a list of nominees and winners as well as links to my essays about them, click here.
Remember: There are no wrong answers, only movies you haven't seen yet.
The Silent Oscars
And don't forget to check out the Silent Oscars—my year-by-year choices for best picture, director and all four acting categories for the pre-Oscar years, 1902-1927.
Look at me—Joe College, with a touch of arthritis. Are my eyes really brown? Uh, no, they're green. Would we have the nerve to dive into the icy water and save a person from drowning? That's a key question. I, of course, can't swim, so I never have to face it. Say, haven't you anything better to do than to keep popping in here early every morning and asking a lot of fool questions?