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. . . unless you've already seen The Crying Game, the sexy British mystery that won six Oscar nominations and made an unknown nonactor into a hot new star

Jaye Davidson has been "outed" by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The novice, who startled and seduced moviegoers as the enigmatic femme fatale of Neil Jordan's The Crying Game, earned a two-edged prize last week: an Oscar nomination.

The unexpected citation -- for a tender acting turn by a first-time performer in an inexpensive ($5 million) foreign movie -- thrilled Davidson. The minimoguls at Miramax, the film's U.S. distributor, might have been tickled too, since The Crying Game received five other important nominations (for best picture, actor, director, screenplay and editing), which promises that the film's domestic gross,...

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