Picks and Pans Review: Annette Bening, American Beauty

updated 03/27/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/27/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST

Janet Mc Teer, Tumbleweeds
Julianne Moore, The End of the Affair
Meryl Streep, Music of the Heart
Hilary Swank, Boys Don't Cry *

Gender chameleon Hilary Swank served notice that she's an actress of major range and talent with her glowing, heartbreaking turn as a young woman desperately trying to pass as a man in Boys Don't Cry. Swaggering yet subtle, she showed that she can more than hold her own with the big girls.


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