March 27, 1991 |
Billy Crystal arrived on a horse and Kevin Costner's Dances With Wolves rode off with seven Oscars. But the 63d edition of the Academy Awards turned out to be more than the night when a western turned a chuckwagon into a bandwagon. Long after the dust from Costner's stampede has settled, and the grumblings have subsided that his splendid achievement beat a film of more enduring greatness (GoodFellas), Monday evening will be remembered for a paradox. Although Dances With Wolves was honored for singlehandedly reviving a Hollywood genre that stretches back to the days of the flickering nickelodeon, several of the acting awards marked a departure from the usual conservative voting patterns.
March 26, 1990 |
When the winners lug their Oscars home this year, more than a few of the golden statues will have to clear U.S. Customs. This figures to be the year for a friendly foreign invasion at the Academy Awards (tonight at 9 p.m. on Channel 6). The reason is simple: global heartwarming. Images of a dissolving iron curtain have created a genial, we-are-the-world emotion that almost certainly has been noted in trend-sensitive Hollywood. If the Academy Awards follow suit, and it's a good bet they will, the result will be foreign ownership of something more portable than our real estate - our Oscars.
March 29, 1993 |
QUOTE "As much as I love the Oscar night pageantry, it's a silly bingo game. " - Jodie Foster, best-actess winner, 1988 and 1991. FOLKS! DIS IS THE REAL OSCARS! "I saw it as a perfect symbol of the picture business: a powerful athletic body clutching a gleaming sword with half of his head, that part which held his brains, completely sliced off. " - Frances Marion, MGM screenwriter, 1934. Personally, we think Frances was on to something when she made her sassy comments about Oscar, known as the statuette with no limitations when it comes to the Academy Awards' bouts of bad taste, long-winded speeches and tear- stained cheeks.
March 20, 1989 |
This is the toughest year in recent memory for predicting the winners of the major Academy Awards. There isn't a film this year - like last year's "The Last Emperor" - that is certain to sweep. True, "Rain Man" leads all films with eight nominations and it is a stunning, $100-million box-office success. But it is an intimate film that won't win many technical awards. Long odds, however, can't stop me. Here are my predictions - not preferences - for the 61st annual Academy Awards, to be announced March 29. BEST PICTURE: "Rain Man" will win here.
February 14, 2008
The Inquirer's movie critics, Steven Rea and Carrie Rickey, are spending the week before the Feb. 24 Academy Awards predicting the winners of the races. On Friday, they agreed that Ruby Dee ( American Gangster ) was the likely winner of the best supporting actress trophy. Today, they take up best supporting actor. Bardem, the Spanish actor best known here for Before Night Falls , is pretty great, too, with that impassive face like an Easter Island statue. And, Lordy, Wilkinson plays the raving, lucid born-again moral lawyer like he was in an Arthur Miller play.
February 8, 2004 |
She went through a world of pain during her drug-and-alcohol-fueled transition from child actor to grown-up starlet, but Drew Barrymore has landed on top. So much so that the Charlie's Angels star has gotten herself big-time recognition from the United Nations. On Thursday, the New York-based international body awarded Barrymore a Dove of Peace pin, making her a member of Artists for the U.N., an initiative of Global Vision for Peace founded at the start of the Iraq war. The Dove of Peace pin has replaced the red ribbon (for support of AIDS victims)
December 29, 1993 |
CBS president Howard Stringer said it best: "It's the only time culture sneaks onto prime time. " He was referring to the annual Kennedy Center Honors, which will be broadcast tonight on his network. Walter Cronkite hosts the two-hour gala, taped Dec. 5 at the Kennedy Center's Opera House in Washington. The 1993 laureates are a stellar group indeed: gospel legend Marion Williams (who makes her home in Philadelphia), retired late night television host Johnny Carson, composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, conductor Sir Georg Solti and dancer-choreographer Arthur Mitchell.
April 12, 1988 |
Why, you may ask, did I crank up the VCR and pig out on old Ernie Kovacs routines yesterday when I could have spent my afternoon soaking my brain in pure soap? Because I knew I had Oscar duty later that night. And knowing I was about to spend 3 1/2 hours of my life plugged into the most rigidly conventional of variety television formats made me yearn for some pure, insubordinate, unruly television by the patron saint of video art. It made me wish Ernie had lived 26 years longer to produce and direct last night's Academy Awards - which, after 60 years, could use a little crazy glue.
March 24, 1989 |
Can't afford to fly to Tinseltown to attend the Academy Awards ceremony? Snubbed when the invitations were sent out? Cheer up. The next best thing may be taking place right here in Philadelphia. And it will cost a mere $10. The Roxxi Bar & Grill, the high-tech nightspot and restaurant at 602 S. Second St., is throwing a "Night at the Oscars" bash Wednesday, and everyone's invited. The affair will re-create Oscar night, complete with movie-star lookalikes, klieg lights, paparazzi and "fans.
March 7, 2006 |
When did hosting the Academy Awards become such a thankless task? Jon Stewart is the latest victim of the Oscar curse. He was too cynical, too New York, went one school of thought. No, he was too deferential, too reined in, argued others. The one thing most agreed on: It didn't work. You just can't win. Not when the standard for success is some idealized hybrid of Bob Hope and Johnny Carson. The job has become a recipe for disaster. The only difference this year is that the carpers didn't even wait until the first commercial to start shredding Stewart's performance.