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CINEMA: I'D Like to Thank My Dog . . .

The life and times of Anna Paquin, the 11-year-old New Zealander who beat out Winona Ryder for an Oscar

All over America last week, the people who won their office Academy Awards pool were those who made the unlikely pick of Anna Paquin for Best Supporting Actress. Everyone guessed the obvious winners -- Schindler's List for Best Picture, Tom Hanks for Best Actor -- so a daring bet on Paquin, who played Holly Hunter's charming, willful child in The Piano, made all the difference. And whoever gambled that an 11-year-old New Zealander with no previous acting experience would beat out Emma Thompson, Holly Hunter, Winona Ryder and Rosie Perez deserved to collect the pot.

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