''American Beauty'' takes five awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Actor

By Josh Wolk
Updated March 27, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST
Credit: Lorey Sebastian

If you loved ”American Beauty,” there were no surprises in Sunday night’s Oscar telecast. (Well, maybe one: The startling glimpse of ”All About My Mother”’s Cecilia Roth’s breast as she clapped for Pedro Almodóvar’s win for Best Foreign Film.) The dark comic drama nearly swept the major categories, taking home five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Original Screenplay. With this impressive collection, DreamWorks proved it wouldn’t be toppled by Miramax two years in a row: That studio’s ”The Cider House Rules” had to settle for two Oscars — for Best Supporting Actor (Michael Caine) and Best Adapted Screenplay (by John Irving). Here is a complete list of Sunday night’s winners:

Best Picture
”American Beauty”

Best Director
Sam Mendes, ”American Beauty”

Best Actor
Kevin Spacey, ”American Beauty”

Best Actress
Hilary Swank, ”Boys Don’t Cry”

Best Supporting Actor
Michael Caine, ”The Cider House Rules”

Best Supporting Actress
Angelina Jolie, ”Girl, Interrupted”

Best Adapted Screenplay
”The Cider House Rules,” John Irving

Best Original Screenplay
”American Beauty,” Alan Ball

Best Foreign Film
”All About My Mother,” Spain

Best Art Direction
”Sleepy Hollow,” Rick Heinrichs (art direction) and Peter Young (set decoration)

Best Cinematography
”American Beauty,” Conrad L. Hall

Best Original Song
”You’ll Be in My Heart” from ”Tarzan,” Phil Collins

Best Original Score
”The Red Violin,” John Corigliano

Best Sound
”The Matrix”

Best Sound Effects Editing
”The Matrix”

Best Costume Design

Best Visual Effects
”The Matrix”

Best Documentary Feature
”One Day in September”

Best Documentary (Short Subject)
”King Gimp”

Best Film Editing
”The Matrix”

Best Makeup

Best Animated Short Film
”The Old Man and the Sea”

Best Live Action Short Film
”My Mother Dreams the Satan’s Disciples in New York”

American Beauty

  • Movie
  • R
  • 121 minutes
  • Sam Mendes