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FILM: OSCAR RESULTS IN FULL

BEST PICTURE: Braveheart

Film: The oscar box

Last week we asked film pundits to name their best and worst Oscar awards. Here, they give their verdicts on this year's results...

Britons make history with Oscar triumphs

Film awards: Unprecedented achievements by Emma Thompson and Nick Park

the critics; CINEMA; Confused? You will be

The thrill of `The Usual Suspects' is that it re-mythologises the crime movie

Losing the plot by the yard

THE USUAL SUSPECTS Bryan Singer (18) The Usual Suspects is a stylish thriller with an opening that evokes classic Hitchcock. But, says Adam Mars-Jones, the story soon snags on its own intricacies

THEATRE / Brute strength: Paul Taylor on David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross at the Donmar Warehouse

Would a group of real- life real estate salesmen enjoy an outing to Glengarry Glen Ross, David Mamet's ruthless take on their paranoid, cut- throat world of macho bluff, wall-to-wall ulcers and the peddling of phoney dreams? I think they would, rather like those parties of merchant bankers who packed out Serious Money. For Mamet's attitude to these men is compellingly ambivalent. He may view them with brutal clarity, but he also has a more than sneaking admiration for their fable-spinning theatricality and driven energy, and he clearly gets a terrific buzz from their profane riffs of blustering tough-talk.

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