THE OSCAR NOMINEES
THE CIDER HOUSE RULES
A kindly abortionist (Michael Caine) and his nurses (Delroy Lindo and Charlize Theron) take in a runaway boy (Tobey Maguire). He speedily becomes their aide in the war to protect womens' reproductive freedom. However, this happy idyll takes on a different aspect when visiting researcher Joseph Mengele (Dennis Hopper) stops by, and begins making plans for a new experiment . . .
THE GREEN MILE
A senior Chekist prison guard (Tom Hanks) is cured of a bladder ailment by a condemned Trotskyist terrorist wrecker spy for the Japanese Secret Service (Michael Clarke Duncan). Wanting to devote this power to the interest of the Worker's and Peasant's State, he goes on a special mission to the People's Commissar for Internal Affairs himself, Nikolai I. Yezhov (Harlan Ellison) to make a proposal. However, unflagging revolutionary vigilance has unmasked wrecking, sabotage, and terrorism in the higher ranks, and the new People's Commissar Lavrenti P. Beria (Edward Woodward) is really mad!
Reclusive writer Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) is given a copy of The Black Book of the Arab by his friend and colleague Howard (Paul Benedict). Upon reading it, he is horrifically cast into the world of television, and finds himself trapped there, forced to endure endless surprise interviews by Mike Wallace (Christopher Lee) and other torments of Televisionland.
THE SIXTH SENSE
A little kid (Haley Joel Osment) finds he can talk to the dead. Among the many figures who help calm his nerves are a kindly psychologist (Bruce Willis), a valiant female sailor (Demi Moore), a travelling button man (Bruce Willis), an exotic dancer (Demi Moore), and a private detective for a bankrupt agency (Bruce Willis).
And The Winner Is . . .
An entrapped American suburbanite (Kevin Spacey) considers getting away from his wife (Annette Benning) and child (Thora Burch). His big moment comes when the ghosts of his wife's former husband (Warren Beatty) and his sister (Shirley MacLaine) appear to him, with offers of a magical door to the Other Side. The means, however, for going into the light involve a bath in flower petals and a most unusual use for a pie baked by a virgin (Mena Suvart).