Oscar nominees count down to the big night--Hilary Swank, Kevin Spacey, and more celebrated their success at the Oscar nominees luncheon and the SAG awards

By Liane Bonin
Updated March 24, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

This may be the year that dark films about abortion and the undead took the Academy by storm, but the mood at the March 13 Oscar nominees luncheon was sunnier than a Doris Day movie. ”I feel like I’m in a Twilight Zone, but one with a happy ending,” American Beauty scribe Alan Ball said at the Beverly Hilton. Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry) was equally ecstatic about the official Oscar nominee sweatshirt. ”I’m all about sweats,” she said. ”I really have no idea what I’m wearing [to the Oscars].”

The only wrinkle: The Green Mile‘s Michael Clarke Duncan, who arrived just a little late, announcing, ”I lost my house keys and didn’t have anywhere to sleep last night” — prompting Academy president Robert Rehme to quip, ”This may be the first year a homeless person has been nominated.”

Duncan, however, looked right at home at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, held March 12 at the Shrine Auditorium. The night was dominated by American Beauty, with both Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening snagging statues, though Girl, Interrupted‘s Angelina Jolie added yet another supporting actress trophy to her mantel. ”This one’s got a really good backside, and no mouth, which I just can’t understand,” she said. C’mon, Angelina, some women would call that the ideal man.