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NEXT BOMBS OUT AT THE OSCARS

The film "Titanic" cleaned up on technical awards Oscar night, but couldn't take an acting award to save its own life. NeXt Correspondents Steve Soroka and Kate Nowadly correctly picked "Titanic" as Best Picture and James Cameron as Best Director, and Kate was right in going with "My Heart Will Go On" from "Titanic" for Best Song.

But our critics' success ended there.

Matt Damon, Steve's pick, and Peter Fonda, Kate's pick, both lost to Jack Nicholson in "As Good As It Gets" for Best Actor honors. Helen Hunt's performance in "As Good As It Gets" apparently outshone Kate Winslet's in "Titanic" and Judi Dench's in "Mrs. Brown," though Steve and Kate might disagree.

For Best Supporting Actor, Steve was looking to history in giving the nod to Anthony Hopkins, and Kate was calling for comeback honors for Burt Reynolds, but both lost to Robin Williams of "Good Will Hunting."

The Academy went with Kim Basinger in "L.A. Confidential" as Best Supporting Actress, though Steve felt Minnie Driver was a shoo-in for her role in "Good Will Hunting," and Kate felt Gloria Stewart was one of the best things about "Titanic."

Better luck next time, critics!

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