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October 13, 1997 12:00 AM

“Quills,” starring Kate Winslet and “Shine” Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush as the Marquis de Sade, has been named best picture of 2000 by the 91-year-old, New York-based National Board of Review, considered the world’s oldest film group. (It’s composed of writers and historians and a socialite or two.) Last year the Board named “American Beauty” best picture, which happened to mirror the later Oscar choice for the top prize. Other Board winners announced yesterday: best actress Julia Roberts (“Erin Brockovich”); best director Stephen Soderbergh (for “Brockovich” and his “Traffic”); best actor Javier Bardem (“When Night Falls”); and best foreign film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (directed by Ang Lee).

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