The Pick Of The Glitter

Oscar Nominees The ceremony will be on March 25

BEST PICTURE
'Chocolat'
'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'
'Erin Brockovich'

BEST ACTRESS
Joan Allen, 'The Contender'
Juliette Binoche, 'Chocolat'
Ellen Burstyn, 'Requiem for a Dream'
Laura Linney, 'You Can Count on Me'

BEST DIRECTOR
Stephen Daldry, 'Billy Elliot'
Ang Lee, 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'
Ridley Scott, 'Gladiator'
Steven Soderbergh, 'Erin Brockovich'

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jeff Bridges, 'The Contender'
Willem Dafoe, 'Shadow of the Vampire'

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Judi Dench, 'Chocolat'
Marcia Gay Harden, 'Pollock'

BEST ACTOR
Javier Bardem, 'Before Night Falls'
Russell Crowe, 'Gladiator'

It's tough to imagine anyone hotter than Benicio Del Toro. Is an upset possible? Well, Oscar voters do like scenery-chewers (Dafoe), workaholics (Phoenix) and grand old men (Finney).

The biggest Oscar surprise was "Chocolat," considered an audience fave by some and "Schlockolat" by others. Anyway, it won't win. "Gladiator" should edge out "Crouching Tiger."

Julia Roberts gave the best performance of the year--when she won the Golden Globe and pretended to be surprised. She's a lock. Linney (like actor nom Bardem) is a brilliant long shot.

Steven Soderbergh is up for two movies, and it's widely believed he must choose or lose. (To Lee or Scott.) He'll never pick a favorite. But we believe the Academy will. "Traffic" will roar.

Finally, some recognition for Tom Hanks! A third best-actor will make history, but wake us when it's over. Has Crowe got a shot? Maybe, but Meg and Dennis ain't voting for him. Grammy Nominees The ceremony will be on Feb. 21

RECORD OF THE YEAR
'Say My Name,' Destiny's Child
'I Try,' Macy Gray
'Music,' Madonna
'Bye Bye Bye,' 'N Sync

BEST RAP ALBUM
'... And Then There Was X,' DMX
'Dr. Dre--2001,' Dr. Dre

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
'When the Pawn,' Fiona Apple
'Midnite Vultures,' Beck
'Bloodflowers,' The Cure
'Liverpool Sound Collage,' Paul McCartney

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
'Midnite Vultures,' Beck
'The Marshall Mathers LP,' Eminem
'Kid A,' Radiohead

BEST NEW ARTIST

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM
'Inside Job,' Don Henley

U2's album missed the October deadline, but the single didn't. Its inclusion is a sure sign that the Academy feels some serious love for this one. Not such a beautiful day for Macy or 'N Sync.

When Paul Simon wins this one, viewers under 50 are sure to ask "album of which year?" Buck up, Marshall Mathers, you've still got Sir Elton's shoulder to cry on.

Inside the brain of a Grammy voter: "What! Will Smith didn't come out with a CD this year? Guess Eminem'll have to do." Poor Will. Em always gets the last word.

Grammy loves those wily Nashville crooners, so we're predicting Shelby Lynne will take the trophy. But forget about who's gonna win; the real question is, who's Brad Paisley?

Don Henley? Steely Dan? Competition? Puh-leez. Madonna could win this one blindfolded, with two babies in one arm and a mediocre British director on the other.

And how exactly did McCartney get into this category? Oh, right, he's a Beatle--and they're way edgy. For credibility, give it to Radiohead, or next year James Taylor will be on this list.