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The 1999 Critics Consensus Award Nominations

Annette Bening in American Beauty

At last, a movie breaks past the six-nomination barrier! Sam Mendes' breakthrough hit American Beauty, which very nearly became only the fourth movie in history to win the top five Oscars for 1999, leads the Critics Consensus Award nominations for the year with seven. It's joined in the Best Picture lineup by only one other Oscar nominee in that category - Michael Mann's The Insider. '99 is rightly regarded as being a banner year for the movie industry not only in the U.S. but internationally, though alas all the nominated titles at the CCAs were in English outside of the Documentary and Foreign Language categories. David O. Russell turns up for the first time (and not for the last!), while Mike Leigh returns in both Picture and Director, yet again bizarrely missing for Screenplay. Later today, I'll let you know the winners across these 12 categories. Check out the nominations for now below.

Best Picture

American Beauty (Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks and Sam Mendes)

Being John Malkovich (Steve Golin, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay, Sandy Stern and Michael Stipe)

The Insider (Pieter Jan Brugge and Michael Mann)

The Straight Story (Neal Edelstein, David Lynch and Mary Sweeney)

Topsy-Turvy (Simon Channing Williams and Mike Leigh)

Best Director

Mike Leigh (Topsy-Turvy)

David Lynch (The Straight Story)

Michael Mann (The Insider)

Sam Mendes (American Beauty)

David O. Russell (Three Kings)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Annette Bening (American Beauty)

Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds)

Julianne Moore (The End of the Affair)

Hilary Swank (Boys Don't Cry)

Reese Witherspoon (Election)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Jim Broadbent (Topsy-Turvy)

Jim Carrey (Man on the Moon)

Russell Crowe (The Insider)

Richard Farnsworth (The Straight Story)

Kevin Spacey (American Beauty)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Angelina Jolie (Girl, Interrupted)

Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich)

Julianne Moore (An Ideal Husband)

Samantha Morton (Sweet and Lowdown)

Chloe Sevigny (Boys Don't Cry)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Tom Cruise (Magnolia)

Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile)

John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich)

Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense)

Christopher Plummer (The Insider)

Best Original Screenplay

Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia)

Alan Ball (American Beauty)

Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich)

M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense)

Kevin Smith (Dogma)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Frank Darabont (The Green Mile)

John Irving (The Cider House Rules)

Michael Mann and Eric Roth (The Insider)

Anthony Minghella (The Talented Mr. Ripley)

Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor (Election)

Best Cinematography

Freddie Francis (The Straight Story)

Conrad L. Hall (American Beauty)

Emmanuel Lubezki (Sleepy Hollow)

Robert Richardson (Snow Falling on Cedars)

Dante Spinotti (The Insider)

Best Music

Angelo Badalamenti (The Straight Story)

Thomas Newman (American Beauty)

Trey Parker and Marc Shaiman (South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut)

Jocelyn Pook (Eyes Wide Shut)

Gabriel Yared (The Talented Mr. Ripley)

Best Documentary

American Movie (Sarah Price and Chris Smith)

Buena Vista Social Club (Ulrich Felsberg, Deepak Nayar and Wim Wenders)

Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (Dorothy Aufiero, David Collins, Errol Morris and Michael Williams)

Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles (Owsley Brown and Robin Burke)

On the Ropes (Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen)

Best Foreign Language Film

All About My Mother (Pedro Almodovar)

Autumn Tale (Francoise Etchegaray and Eric Rohmer)

The Dreamlife of Angels (Francois Marquis and Erick Zonca)

East/West (Regis Wargnier)

Run Lola Run (Stefan Arndt, Gebhard Henke, Andreas Schreitmuller and Tom Tykwer)

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