THE REEL THING Zac Sterling
Well, the Academy Awards are over, and I'm
still alive. I,ve survived another year .
To those of you who screamed with joy when
Peter Firth lost, thinking I would pull
through with my suicide threat, I'm happy
to say that when ANNIE HALL started winning
the major awards, it helped to heal my
wounds and discomforts about Peter, He will
see his day, and his performance in EQUUS
is a thousand times better and more complex
than Jason Robards* in ffULIA. The fact that
he is not a "popular face" (so to speak*)
in Hollywood, and the film he was nominated
for was not as common and every day tired
as JULIA, makes me understand (but not con-
done,) his loss. The Academy is notoriously
known for giving sentiment awards over tai*
ent. But this year, by giving awards to
"Annie Hall," Diane Keaton and Richard Drey-
fuss, they chose fresh new talents, over
old and boring faces. I do feel a touch
sorry for Richard Burton, who was at his very
best in EQUUS. This was also his seventh time
to be nominated. It seems they are never going to actually give him an Oscar.
I am extremely happy that THE TURNING
POINT did not win even one award. (It's
nominations were more than it's worth.)
As for the Academy Award Ceremony, itself... it seemed somewhat usual. The dull
and. silly musical numbers in the beginning
were nothing buUHiime fillers. All everyone
"'really wants to know is who won.
For a while the ceremony almost seemed
like a telethon. Two documentaries about
handicapped children were awarded oscars,
and the first song nominee, "You Light Up
My Life," was sung by Debbie Boon, while
eight little deaf gir&s "sang" the song
in sign language. I kept waiting for the
telephone number to appear on the screen
so I could send in my donation.
As a matter of fact, all the "Best.Sor,*;'
Song" nominees were quite a mess. Jane
Powell did a senior-citizen, slowed down
version of The Waltz from "The Slipper &
the Rose," and Aretha Franklin took the
liberty of completely changing the melody
of "Nobody Does It Better." ("You Light
Up My Life," by the way, was the winning
songi just as I predicted.)
I guess it is my tarn now to step in and
say what I though of Vanessa Redgrave's acceptance speech, upon recieving her oscar for "Best
Supporting Actress." I know that I must be the
only one who feels this way, (or so everyone
keeps telling met) but I thought she handled
it tastefully and it was beautifully worded.
I was certainly embaressed for Paddy Chayevsky, Who later publicly "served" Vanessa,
claiming that for Ms. Redgrave to have given
a simple "thank you" would have been sufficient. Well, as I see it, for him to have
kept his ugly mouth shut would have been
sufficient. Chayevsky, (winner of awards
for his ludicrous screenplays of NETWORK
and THE HOSPITAL.) has always been outspoken, but he had no right to say what he did.
In case you are unfamilier with the incident,
Ms. Redgrave financed and narrated a documentary titled THE PALASTINIANS. For this,
the Jewish Defense League, .after unsuccessfully demanding that 20th Century Fox never
again hire her for a picture again, protested
outside the auditorium, with 4-00 persons,
demanding that she be stricken from the nominee list. She thanked the Academy members^^^
for "standing firm" on their vote. She spoke
of the "witch 'Bunt" days of the MacCarthy-
Nixon period, and though hissed at by a few
members, recievea rave applause at the end
of-lier speech. For Ms. Redgrave to have ignored the incident would have been unthinkable. Everyone knew what was happening, and
she was not about to act as though they didn't.
As for Chayevsky- I would have to something
foul to express my feelings about him at this
moment, so I will just pass the thought.
As the awards soared on, I was upset to see
CIiOSE ENCOUNTERS only win 2, but I was happy
enough every time STAR WARS beat out over
JULIA and THE TURNING POINT. (Needless to say,
they are not two of my favorite movies.)
RICHARD DREYFUSS wins
"Best Actor of the Year"
for THE GOODBYE GIRL.
When Woody Allen won "Best Director" I
flew to heaven and back. I never expected it.
I was just certain it would be that ever
grumpy Herbert Ross. I swear, that man has a
chip on his shoulder that is just incredible.
Of course, I predicted Spielberg, but I'm
pleased with Allen. ANNIE HALL went on to win
"Best Picture,"..Screenplay, and "Best Actress"
■for Diane Keaton, whom I love' to death. She
was incredible in both ANNIE HALL and LOOKING FOR MR. GO0DBAR.
and though I was
No matter how hard I tried,
I just could NOT make PETER-
FIRTH win for EQUUS■
Richard Dreyfuss got the
oscar for THE GOODBYE GIRL
pulling for Burton, Dreyfuss is definetely my
second favorite. He seems to be a wonderful
I can't believe that MADAME ROSA
(practically unknown except to New Yorkers,)
won "Best Foreign Film" over popular contenders such as A SPECIAL DAY, IfHIGINEA.
and THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE. Lately,
the Academy members have;started choosing
the most obscure nominee as the winner.-
Everyone was shocked last year when SEVEN
BEAUTIES and'fiOUSIN, COUSINE both lost out
to the (then totally unknown) BLACK AND
WHITE IN COLOR■ Leave it to the Academies
tothro5?afleast one surprise every-Tresrr*-