BEST GERRYMANDERING AWARD? TONIGHT'S BATTLE BETWEEN "AMERICAN BEAUTY" AND "THE CIDER HOUSE RULES" FOR THE BEST-PICTURE AWARD HAS GARNERED MOST OF THE PRE-OSCARS HYPE. BUT FOR NONFICTION FILMMAKERS, THE MOST DRAMATIC SKIRMISH MAY BE OVER THE AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE- LENGTH DOCUMENTARY: ARTHUR COHN'S "ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER," THE STORY OF THE SLAUGHTER OF THE ISRAELI ATHLETES AT THE 1972 MUNICH OLYMPICS, AND WIM WENDERS'S "BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB" ARE EVENLY MATCHED FAVORITES.
Susan Steinberg-Woll, a cofounder of the Boston Video/Film Foundation and a superb documentarian, is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and feels her right to vote in the documentary category was severely compromised. She hopes to do something about it - not in time for this year's awards, but with an eye to the future.