The envelope, please

We’re trying to get over our depression that “Ghost Dog” didn’t get an Oscar nomination for anything. Here’s what the campus crowd picked as winners.

Jennifer Landsidle, College ’01
“I thought ‘Traffic’ was a very accurate portrayal of the drug world, and I’m obsessed with Benicio Del Toro as the supporting actor.”

Jesse Rubenfeld, College/Wharton ’02
“Hans Zimmer’s score for ‘Gladiator’ should win. I think it’s got a skillful use of the human voice as an instrument. It’s got a distinct theme — they synchronize words in the movie with sounds. It’s just very moving overall and captures the feel of the movie.”

Mani Golzari, College ’03
“Ellen Burstyn, for Best Actress — she stole every scene she was in [in ‘Requiem for a Dream’]. Her acting is very natural, not over the top like others.”

Meg Sutula, Wharton ’02
“‘Traffic’ was really good because of the way they integrated three stories into one. The cinematography was great and the cast was incredible. I don’t think they could have gotten a better lineup of people.”

Ben Oren, Wharton ’01
“‘Gladiator’ was the best movie to see more than once. I saw it six times in one weekend.”

Chris Moran, Wharton MBA ’02
“‘Gladiator’ had so much intensity. I liked the history in it and I thought Russell Crowe was awesome.”

Elena Bojilova, College ’01
“‘Quills’ should have been nominated for Best Picture, and Geoffrey Rush should win for Best Actor. It offers a profound insight to the struggles of the human soul.”

Paul Delnero, Fine Arts Ph.D.
“‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ was thought-provoking: I spent the whole time wondering how they could walk up the sides of the buildings.”

Amy Cohen, College ’03
“I liked ‘Erin Brockovich’ and thought it was inspiring. Julia Roberts’ character is really spunky. Her clothes were a little too spunky for me, though.”

Zack Green, College ’04
“Tom Hanks is so versatile. He changed so much from the beginning of the movie [‘Castaway’]. ”

Lacy Barron, CGS ’02
“Bjork should have been nominated [as Best Actress] for ‘Dancing in the Dark.’”

David Greene, College/Engineering ’02
“Jeff Bridges in ‘The Contender’ should win. It was a really realistic movie and he seemed to portray the character very well.”

Whitney Faust, College ’03
“Joan Allen should win for [Best Actress in] ‘The Contender.’ She’s been in a lot of good movies and hasn’t been recognized enough.”

—Kim Vinh



Originally published on March 22, 2001