Scenes of celebration from the red carpet

Awards: Angelina Jolie shares her plans for marking her Oscar win, movie fans offer running commentary, and Hollywood's worst get their due, too.

March 27, 2000|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Angelina Jolie's reputation as a gal who knows how to celebrate was cemented when she jumped into a pool last year after winning a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a TV movie.

Yesterday, after taking home an Oscar for her supporting role in "Girl, Interrupted," Jolie said she planned on celebrating just as hard.

"I mentioned something to somebody about a roof at the Shrine," she told reporters, "but I'm not sure I can get on it in this dress."

Wearing an all-black number that one press-room fashion critic dubbed the "Morticia Addams look," Jolie said she was proud to follow in the footsteps of her father, Oscar winner Jon Voight.

"It's always been a big deal to us, this show," she said. Her dad's Oscar, she noted, was kept at his mother's house, out of reach of young hands. "I've never really held an Oscar before. It was always the strange thing in Grandma's house."

An actress known for risk-taking performances -- and her role as the crazed, high-octane Lisa in "Girl, Interrupted" certainly fills that bill -- Jolie offered some insight into what attracts her to a role.

"When I read a script and I'm scared to play the role, I know it's right for me," she said. Lisa, she noted, "made me cry. ... I wanted her to have a voice really strongly."

Peanut gallery

Some highlights from the bleachers, where hundreds of people waited hundreds of hours to take out-of-focus pictures of their favorite stars:

Earliest movie-star arrival: Chloe Sevigny, wearing a backless Yves St. Laurent number, who may have spoken the truest line of the evening when she labelled her whole Oscar experience "very surreal."

Most frightening moment: "South Park" creator Trey Parker, who obeyed the Academy's dictate about wearing formal wear -- and donned a fetching, green cleavage-baring number that was a knock-off of Jennifer Lopez' memorable gown for the Grammys. Thanks heavens there wasn't much cleavage to bare.

Quietest arrival: Randy Newman, who seems to be nominated every year in the Best Song category but never wins, was hardly recognized by anyone. Well, it has been almost a quarter-century since "Short People."

Hardest celebrity to spot: Haley Joel Osment, who was a good two feet shorter than the people surrounding him.

Worst play-by-play audition: A woman in the bleachers who spoke a running commentary into her camcorder as the celebrities arrived. At one point, she was heard to say, "There's Gloria Stuart, who was in `Titanic' last year. Or was it two years ago? Whatever."

Signs of the times

What would the scene outside the Oscars be without a little controversy?

Actually, it would be a lot like this. Unlike 1999, when protesters were out in force decrying the special Oscar awarded to Elia Kazan (who named names during the 1950s red scare) and two years ago, when television technicians complained the Oscars were farming their jobs out, the scene outside the Shrine Auditorium is pretty tranquil.

But two small groups of protesters chose the occasion to further their views:

Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust picketed against Miramax's "The Cider House Rules." In that film, Best Supporting Actor nominee Michael Caine plays an abortion doctor who also runs an orphanage in Maine.

"Shame on Caine," read one of the signs. "Cider House Reeks," read another.

Also on hand was a group of animators, representing a group called the Film and Television Action Committee, who protested the use of overseas talent in film production. "Bring Hollywood Back to Hollywood," one sign read.

Hall of shame

Even the worst movies get feted in Hollywood at Oscar time.

"Wild Wild West," a truly loathsome "comedy" featuring Kevin Kline in drag, Kenneth Branagh in a wheelchair and Will Smith in a role that proves not every summer movie he touches turns to box-office gold, earned a well-deserved Razzie Saturday night as the worst film of 1999.

Other films up for the top non-prize were "Star Wars, Episode One: The Phantom Menace," "Big Daddy," "The Blair Witch Project" and "The Haunting." "Winners" were chosen by the 465-plus members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation.

"Wild Wild West" also earned foul-smelling kudos for Worst Director (Barry Sonnenfeld); Worst Screenplay (Jim Thomas, John Thomas, S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman); Worst Screen Couple (Kline and Smith) and Worst Song.

No other film walked off with more than one Razzie, so there was plenty of negative glory to be spread around.

Heather Donahue was named Worst Actress for her turn as the topographically challenged heroine of "The Blair Witch Project," while Supporting dis-honors went to Denise Richards ("The World Is Not Enough") and annoying "Phantom Menace" alien Jar Jar Binks.

The evening also featured nods for Worst of the Decade, with Razzies going to Pauly Shore (Worst New Star), Madonna (Worst Actress), Sylvester Stallone (Worst Actor) and "Showgirls" (Worst Picture).

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