History and box-office go against Lagaan
For the past three years, the foreign-language Oscar has been won by a
blockbuster. So history would suggest that French romantic comedy Amelie,
with a worldwide gross of $134 million, will pip Lagaan at the podium.
Hollywood feels heat to end Oscar lobbying
Hollywood observers say that the 2002 Oscars will be remembered for smear allegations and the money spent on promoting the films in the run-up to the ceremony. And are calling for reform in the $60m scramble for gold.
Foreign film directors laugh off Oscar tension
The directors of the Oscar-nominated foreign films engaged in a lively and often funny discussion on Saturday morning that ranged from the vagaries of raising production coin to the tricky issue of subtitles.