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Thursday, April 10, 1980
It's Oscar time once again,
for those who really care
By TOM MOORE
St's amazing to me that anybody
cares about the Academy Awards.
The best work and films are usually
snubbed by the awards. Alfred Hitchcock,
Stanley Kubrick and Robert Altman never
have won the award for best director.
Citizen Kane won only one Academy
Award (for best screenplay). Cary Grant,
Buster Keaton, Richard Burton and many
other deserving talents never won
anything from the Academy of Arts and
The awards are simply one of the
greatest publicity stunts in media historyj
not really honoring talent (as is often
claimed) but really only trying to bait the
public into spending their dollars on
Still, we all care (just a little) about the
Oscars. It's fun to hear who got
nominated and fuss over who didn't but
should have (at least it all is for idle film
buffs like me who have nothing better to
do). But what's most fun is trying to guess
who'll win, which is what I'm going to do
Las Vegas odds-makers have picked
Kramer vs. Kramer to win best picture
hands down, and I can't quarrel with that.
Kramer is a fine noncontroversial film,
easily liked by just about everybody, and
it's the sort of picture to which the
Academy of Arts and Sciences loves to
give those naked gold men. I think
Apocalypse Now is the best picture
nominated of the group (Breaking Away,
All That Jazz and Norma Rae are the
others) but I don't think it will win
because it's too controversial and too
many people just didn't like the last 30
Dustin Hoffman should win best actor
for Kramer. He's the Las Vegas favorite.
But he could be upset by Peter Sellers'
work in Being There. Hoffman is the
popular favorite but Sellers has the more
difficult role, a simple-minded man with
no personality. It is the best role he has
had (or ever will have, probably) and the
Academy may just give him the nod
instead of Hoffman, who has been known
to say a few insulting things about the
Academy Awards in the past.
Sally Field should take the best actress
award for Norma Rae. Of those
nominated Bette Midler for The Rose,
Jane Fonda for The China Syndrome,
Marsha Mason. for Chapter Two and Jill
Clayburgh for Starting Over Field gives
the strongest performance and she is the
sentimental favorite too. Whoever would
have thought 10 years ago that the Flying
Nun would be nominated for an Oscar?
Robert Duvall is my favorite for best
supporting actor. His intense
performance in Apocalypse Now as Lt.
Col. Kilgore ("I love the smell of napalm in
the mornings.") overshadows the work of
all his competitors. And he is just about
the best American character actor around
and he's never won anything before. Most
critics and the Las Vegas boys are picking
Melvyn Douglas to win for his
performance as the rich old man in Being
There. No way.
Meryl Streep will win best supporting
actress for her performance in Kramer vs.
Kramer. Her work, like Duvall's, outshines
all her competitors. Why she is in the
supporting actress category, though, I
Now that I've picked the big five, I'll
lump all the rest the ones nobody really
cares about together. Robert Benton
should win two Oscars for his direction
and adapted screenplay for Kramer vs.
Kramer. Steven Teisch should win best
original screenplay for Breaking Away.
Apocalypse Now should take the Oscars
for cinematography, film editing and
sound. 1 947 should take the award for best
visual effects. All That Jazz should cop the
Oscars for art direction, costume design
and adapted musical score. And "The
Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet
Movie should take the best song award.
And there are few awards, like best
foreign film and best documentary film,
for which I have no idea which film will
win because I haven't viewed any of the
So now all there is left to do is tune in to
the 52nd Academy Awards at 9 p.m.
Monday and see how wrong I am in mv
Tom Moore is a staff writer for The Daily
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