Award won: Best Visual Effects

Based on Richard Matheson's haunting 1978 novel, director Vincent Ward's 1998 film What Dreams May Come goes to great lengths to present a wondrous vision of the afterlife. At times, it's a breathtaking achievement, depicting the hereafter as a water-color painting come to life. In this area alone, Ward's adaptation does Matheson's original book justice.

As for every other area, though, Ward and screenwriter Ron Bass might as well have just ripped a copy of the book on screen. The cerebral yet optimistic material gets upended into a morose, uninviting collection of dreary sentiments delivered by a miscast Robin Williams.