Win or lose--it's how they play the game

By Tricia Johnson
Updated December 24, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Some high- and lowlights from this year’s awards ceremonies: The Truman Show‘s Jim Carrey thanks ”the Academy” when he wins the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama; good choice of words, since he doesn’t even get nominated for an Oscar. Christine Lahti reprises her infamous 1998 bathroom break by taking the Globes stage with toilet paper stuck to her shoe…. At the Grammys, Shania Twain startles the audience when she dons a thigh-baring dominatrix getup to croon ”Man, I Feel Like a Woman.” Hip-hop diva Lauryn Hill snaps up half of the 10 awards for which she’s nominated, including best album…. Oscar host Whoopi Goldberg keeps the evening lively with 11 costume changes and a potty mouth. Tensions run high between Miramax (Shakespeare in Love) and DreamWorks (Saving Private Ryan) after the latter accuses Miramax of overly aggressive campaigning. Grace prevails when an emotional Gwyneth Paltrow wins the Best Actress statuette. Best Picture Shakespeare in Love wins seven awards in all. Roberto Benigni, whose Life Is Beautiful wins Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor, hikes over Steven Spielberg and shows off his English (”My body is in tumult”)…. All My Children’s Susan Lucci breaks her 18-year losing streak when she nabs daytime’s best actress Emmy…. Rosie O’Donnell announces that she won’t host the Tony Awards, then abandons her presenting duties at the last minute after a caller on Howard Stern’s radio show threatens to kidnap her 4-year-old son…. When Bobby and Peter Farrelly’s There’s Something About Mary wins Best Movie at the MTV Movie Awards, Bobby says he hopes ”someone will think of us” after the next high school shooting (the comment is excised before the show airs)…. Host Chris Rock takes jabs at Britney Spears and ‘N Sync — charging them with lip-synching — at MTV’s Video Music Awards….Days later, HBO’s The Sopranos gets only one major prime-time Emmy (Edie Falco’s Best Actress in a Drama), though the show was nominated for a staggering 16.