Malibu tennis pro Amy Alcini has won The Malibu Times Academy Awards contest, for which she will receive 10 free passes to the Malibu Theatre and the official title of “Malibu Times Movie Guru” for the year.
Alcini missed only four votes: Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Make-up and Costume.
The six runners-up, with five errors each, were: Nikki Chanel, Ellen Goodman, Maureen Haldeman, Raymond Mar, Lisa Marlowe and Chrissy Orloff.
Out of entries received by the noon Friday deadline, all but three correctly named “American Beauty” as Best Picture, and only seven missed Sam Mendes as Best Director. Kevin Spacey was a clear winner for Best Actor, but Denzel Washington garnered 12 nods. Michael Caine was the overwhelming favorite for Best Supporting Actor for “The Cider House Rules,” with nine votes for Tom Cruise. Most picked Hillary Swank for Best Actress in “Boys Don’t Cry,” but Annette Benning earned16 votes for “American Beauty.” Angelina Jolie was a clear favorite for Best Supporting Actress.
“All About My Mother,” Spain’s entry in the Foreign Film category, was a run-away winner, with Sweden’s “Under the Sun” a distant second.
“American Beauty” was correctly named by most for Cinematography, but “End of the Affair” and “Sleepy Hollow” split the vote for second with “Snow Falling on Cedars” third.
Alan Ball’s Original Screenplay for “American Beauty” earned the majority with “Being John Malkovich” a strong second. “The Cider House Rules” earned John Irving the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay, and Malibu voters overwhelmingly supported that choice. They also supported “The Red Violin,” which won for Best Original Score; the balance of the votes were almost equally divided among “American Beauty,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Angela’s Ashes.”
Film Editing and Visual Effects votes were strong for Oscar winner “The Matrix.”