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Celebrities pick their Oscar favorites

A peek at which films the stars are rooting for on Sunday

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They may not have five bucks in the office Oscar pool like the rest of us, but the Hollywood crowd has its favorites picked out for the Academy Awards on Sunday (ABC; 8:30 p.m.). Here’s a rundown of which movies and performances the stars think most deserve Oscar gold.

Annette Bening (Best Actress nominee, ”American Beauty”): ”I’m very partial to ‘American Beauty,’ I have to be honest, but there are so many good movies this year. I love being part of a classy year. Hilary Swank’s performance in ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ completely inspired me. I was knocked out by it. And I thought Julianne Moore’s performance in ‘The End of the Affair’ was incredible and so restrained and so beautiful.”

Cameron Diaz (”Being John Malkovich”): “Not because I’m in it by any means, but ‘Being John Malkovich’ was my favorite film because it was so entertaining and it was something so new that I had never seen before. But ‘American Beauty’ was great, too.”

Diane Keaton (Best Actress winner for 1977’s ”Annie Hall”): ”I loved ‘American Beauty’ but, in spite of all the miracles, I loved ‘The Green Mile,’ too. It got me a little at the end. The old mouse was a little too much for me, but I really did enjoy it enormously.”

Carroll O’Connor (”All in the Family”): ”What has ‘Magnolia’ got to do with anybody’s life? A rainstorm of frogs? What would you call that? What has ‘American Beauty’ got to do with anybody’s life? Meryl Streep’s picture, ‘Music of the Heart,’ has to do with the lives of kids in the ghettos, and that is a very inspirational picture.”

Paul Thomas Anderson (Best Original Screenplay nominee, ”Magnolia”): ”I have a tuxedo and I went once before and I didn’t win, and I want to win. I want an Oscar.”

Phillip Seymour Hoffman (”Magnolia”): ”I think ‘Magnolia’ is one of the best films I’ve ever seen. And if anyone disagrees with me, I’ll fight them to the death.”

Gary Sinise (Best Supporting actor nominee, for 1994’s ”Forrest Gump”): ”Angelina Jolie in ‘Girl, Interrupted.’ Those kind of roles tend to get noticed a lot as opposed to the role that Winona Ryder played, because Angie is wild and out of her mind. If you’re psycho and out of your mind, you get a nomination. If you have a handicap you’ll get one. There’s kind of a formula. But you also have to be good at it. You can’t just be in a wheelchair, or be blind, or be deaf, or have a disease, die, or whatever it is. You’ve got to do it well. And Angie’s fantastic.”

Kenneth Branagh (four-time Oscar nominee for acting, writing, and directing): ”It would be wonderful if Denzel [his costar in 1993’s ”Much Ado About Nothing”] won. But it’s so hard to choose. Kevin Spacey was extraordinary in ‘American Beauty.’ It’s a difficult decision this year. Also, I’m just so thrilled that my classmate [at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art] Janet McTeer got nominated.”