The Sick, The Dead and The Ugly

There is no surefire way to Oscar's heart, but in an unscientific analysis of previous Academy Award winners, we found some uncanny similarities. On the basis of these, we were able to zero in on the folks who might want to be clearing some prominent shelf space soon.

BEST FILM

PAST WINNERS Titanic (1997) The English Patient (1996) Braveheart (1995)

COMMON TRAITS Biggest star dies after heroic deeds; epic length

AND THE OSCAR GOES TO... Saving Private Ryan

BEST ACTOR

[PAST WINNERS] Jack Nicholson (As Good As It Gets) Geoffrey Rush (Shine) Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas)

[COMMON TRAITS] Behaves...

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