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>Best Director: Sam Mendes, American Beauty Not since Mike Nichols directed 1966's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf has a stage director made such a dazzling debut film.
Best Original Screenplay: American Beauty, by Alan Ball This caustic script demonstrates that you don't have to write nice to write well.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Election, by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor A high school comedy aimed at adults earns its place on the honor roll.
Best Foreign Language Film: All About My Mother Spain's Pedro Almodóvar directed a rich, broad-minded film about mother love.
Best Documentary Feature: Buena Vista Social Club Old Cuban musicians reminisce and play? Havana, here we come.
Best Original Song: Toy Story 2's "When She Loved Me," music and lyrics by Randy Newman Because it made even this resolutely cynical adult tear up.
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