March 25, 1996 |
This being such a wacky Oscar year, we thought we'd dig deep into the annals of the Academy Awards and find some rare moments to share. And the winners are: MOST SELF-SERVING MOMENT: This one's a tie, between Sally Field, who blurted out "You like me, you really like me" when accepting her 1984 best-actress prize for "Places in the Heart" and previous year winner Shirley Mac-Laine's "I deserve this" speech for "Terms of Endearment. " BEST STAND-IN FOR A CELEBRITY: Who can forget 1972, when Sacheen Littlefeather, dressed in Apache garb, refused the best-actor Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando (for "Last Tango in Paris")
September 7, 2008 |
There are real-life politicians: W., as in George, Milk, as in Harvey, Frost/Nixon as in Tricky you-know-who. There are teenage vampires (Twilight) and benevolent E.T.s (The Day the Earth Stood Still). There are talkin' 'toon critters - Bolt, Madagascar 2. And there are Oscar contenders, to be sure - quite possibly Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for best actor (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and actress (Changeling), The Soloist for best picture, and a load of pedigreed literary adaptations.
March 24, 1987 |
Film-maker Woody Allen picked up two honors and Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins won the best actor award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The British film "A Room with a View," based on E.M. Forster's novel of the same name, was named best film for 1986 in the British equivalent of the Academy Awards. Maggie Smith won the best actress award for her role as the heroine's prudish chaperone in "A Room with a View. " She has been nominated in the best supporting actress category in the Oscars, set for Monday.
March 10, 2006
WHAT DEAL was cut for the prestigious Academy Awards to bestow art status with an Oscar for best song on the simple-minded "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"? Everybody got so upset about the low-class "wardrobe malfunction" by Janet Jackson, but awarding an Oscar for a song on such a topic by no-talent performers lacking any grace is no problem. All the great songwriters - Gershwin, Bernstein, Cohan, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart - must be spinning in their graves. They had class.
February 11, 1994 |
Not only Hollywood's version of "Philadelphia" has been nominated for Academy Awards. The real world of depravation, stark poverty and heartbreak in North Philly is also up for an Oscar. Nominated for Best Feature Documentary is "I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School. " The powerful 90-minute film looks at the hardships, struggles and small triumphs at an all-black, inner-city school, the M. Hall Stanton School, at 16th and Cumberland streets. The non-fiction "Philadelphia Story" shows kids picking up crack vials in their school yard, a child abandoned by a drug addicted mother and teachers struggling with few resources.
March 25, 2003
Make-believe. Fantasy. Made-up people and stories and worlds. When much is broken, make-believe can help salve the wounds. Sunday night in Los Angeles, a bunch of professional make-believers got together and had some fun at the 75th annual Academy Awards. It was, to be sure, an awkward affair, a show muted by war thoughts, by fraidy-cat advertisers who pulled out at the last moment. But it mostly managed to sidestep the ugliness, in a needed respite from the grim clash in Iraq.
July 14, 1991 |
East Coast viewers who annually lurch off to bed after yet another interminable Academy Awards broadcast may fantasize about editing Oscar down to a manageable length. But Sony Music Video, in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is actually doing something to sort the wheat from the chaff. The company will offer a 90-minute anthology of Oscar's best moments from 1970 to 1991. The tape will be priced at $19.98 and will be released in February - the month when the Academy Awards nominations are announced and Oscar interest begins to mount.
January 31, 2012
EYE-CATCHING Jack Russell performances in "Beginners" and "The Artist" have prompted calls for a special Oscar to recognize dog performances. Why, people have asked, can't they throw Uggie ("The Artist") or Cosmo ("Beginners") a bone? As it turns out, there is already a movie award program for dogs - it's called the Golden Collar Award, and Uggie and Cosmo are up for best actor. (Uggie was actually nominated twice this year, for "The Artist" and his work in "Water for Elephants.
April 1, 1990 |
In the wake of Monday night's Oscar-mania, winners in the big categories have hied homeward to await word from their respective agents, phoning to pitch new film deals. In the meantime, though, projects completed by winners prior to the 62d annual Academy Awards are being readied for release. Among them: Eversmile, New Jersey, with best-actor Daniel Day-Lewis as a motorcycling dentist who roams the globe to promote good dental hygiene (honest!). The antic comedy, directed by Argentine Carlos Sorin, premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival last month and a U.S. distributor is being sought.
March 24, 1994 |
So when do video collectors get to own, or at least rent, the films that won the big Oscars this week? The short answer: Don't hold your breath. Of the major winners, only The Fugitive, with best supporting actor Tommy Lee Jones, is on video now. The Piano (best actress, best supporting actress, best original screenplay) is due May 25. But most of this year's winners are still in their original theatrical runs. In other years, many winners had ended their runs by the time they won, which allowed them to be brought back for triumphal victory laps through theaters before heading to home video.