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By BOB THOMAS
Hie Associated Press
LOS ANGELES The Oscar fever starts Mon
day at dawn, when the first spectators curious
tourists and hard-core movie fans" begin filling
the bleachers in front of the Music Center.
The excitement rises as the first celebrities start ar
riving in late afternoon. The ceremonies begin at 9
p.m., the drama playing to 3,000 fancily dressed
observers in the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion and an
estimated 350 million TV watchers throughout the
Early Tuesday morning, the last loser will toss
down a brandy and leave the Board of Governors
Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Then history will
claim the 55th awards of the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Oscars are the oldest and most prestigious of
the show business awards. They are also big
business not only to the winners of best picture
and the acting awards, who can enjoy added
millions. The Academy itself is also the winner.
The 1982 awards telecast provided $3,734,870 in
revenue. The show cost $2,811,499, providing a
$923,371 profit to help finance the Academy's
library, educational and cultural activities.
The Oscar season begins in December, when the
late entries are released in theaters amid much
hoopla. The noise level rises as the studios campaign
for nominations, then maintains a steady pace until
the balloting closes six days before the awards.
The county-operated Music Center is shut down
for a week before the awards. Then the ABC net
work starts moving in equipment, and Howard W.
Koch and Marty Pasetta begin intensive operations.
Koch is a veteran film producer (The Odd Couple,
Airplane) who is producing the Oscar cast for the
eighth time. Multiple Emmy-winner Pasetta is
directing his 12th Oscar show.
Producer and director started meetings last
December, assembling staff and making plans.
When the nominations were announced, their work
began in earnest: hiring dancers, scenic designers,
costumers. "During the last week I start 16-hour
days," Pasetta said. "After Saturday I have an
apartment in the Music Center so I can sleep two or
three hours a night."
Koch, who has lined up all the presenters and per
formers, has a standby list in case of dropouts. "If
anybody gets sick, I can find somebody else," he
said. "It's not too hard. Most people want to ap
pear on the Oscar show."
On Friday the 50-piece orchestra records the song
numbers in a Hollywood studio. "The singers are
live on the show, but the orchestra is recorded,"
Koch explained. "It would be impossible to main
tain a balance."
The 17 television cameras are moved into the
Music Center on Friday, and Pasetta begins to work
on lighting and staging. Saturday brings a run
through with the emcees this year four of them:
Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor and
Sunday is the day of the big dress rehearsal. The
production numbers and nominated songs are per
formed, and the presenters go through their paces.
"This year we have a mixture of young and old,"
Koch said. "From Jeanne Crain and Cornel Wilde
to Kristy McNicholand Tom Selleck."
Pasetta works from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday
to perfect the staging, using stand-ins for the stars.
Then the ushers take down the "No Smoking"
-signs, remove the coffee cups and spruce up the
theater. Pasetta starts taping the arrivals as they are
greeted by columnist Army Archerd in front of the
. . . Three minutes before 9p.m., Pasetta concludes
editing the arrival shots. The network is cleared, the
music swells; and the announcer begins the show:
"Live from the Los Angeles Music Center
55th annual Academy Awards ..."
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Who's going for the gold?
The major categories and nominees for
the 55th annual awards of the Academy
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in
clude: Best Picture: E.T. The Extra
Terr est rial, Gandhi, Missing, Tootsie,
Best Performance by an Actor in a
Leading Role: Dustin Hoffman in Toot
sie, Ben Kingsley in Gandhi, Jack Lem
mon in Missing, Paul Newman in The
Verdict, Peter O'Toole in My Favorite
Gossett Jr. in An Officer and a Gentle
man, John Lithgow in The World Ac
cording to Garp, James Mason in The
Verdict, Robert Preston in VictorVic
toria. Best Performance by an Actress in a
Supporting Role: Glenn Close in The
World According to Garp, Teri Garr in
Tootsie, Jessica Lange in Tootsie, Kim
Stanley in Frances, Lesley Ann Warren in
Best Director: Richard Attcn
borough for Gandhi, Sidney Lumet for
The Verdict, Wolfgang Petersen for Das
Boot (The Boat), Sydney PollacTf'for
Tootsie, Steven Spielberg for E. T. The
Best Original Song: "Eye of the
Tiger" from Rocky III, "How Do We
Best Performance by an Actress in a
Leading Role: Julie Andrews in Vic
torVictoria, Jessica Lange in Frances,
Sissy Spacek in Missing, Meryl Streep in
Sophie's Choice, Debra Winger in An Keep the Music Playing?" from Best
Officer and a Gentleman. Friends, "If We Were in Love" from
Best Performance by an Actor in a
Supporting Role: Charles Durning in The
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Louis
Yes, Giorgio, "It Might Be You" from
Tootsie, "Up Where We Belong" from
An Officer and a Gentleman.
Ben Kingsley plays the famous spiritual end political Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi in Richard Attenborough's 'Gandhi'
Kingsley, Attenborough and the film are all up for Academy Awards, which will be presented at 9 p.m. Monday.
Community people make thel
By TOM GREY
So, who do people think is going to win
"Let's see," a man on the street
answers. "Is that for television shows?"
Some people don't watch television or
go to movies.
But others do and many seem to agree
with those who say that when awards are
handed out Monday night Gandhi will be
named Best Picture.
"Gandhi is an extraordinary work at so
many levels. It's an epic," said Arthur
Housman, professor of dramatic art.
"While Tootsie is a tour de force for
Dustin Hoffman, and E. T. The Extra
Terrestrial is wonderful popular enter
tainment, Gandhi is much more, a leg up
on the others."
Herman Jones, a graduate student in
the master of fine arts program agreed.
"I liked the subject matter. Ben Kingsley
gave himself to the role," said Jones,
who is studying acting. "He lost weight
for the role. He adopted the mannerisms.
He had to play someone whom we know
from history, while Tootsie is Dustin
Hoffman's own idea of a woman."
Jones, not surprisingly, said he thought
Kingsley would win in the Best Actor
category, but this may be the hardest of
the five major awards to pick.
"I think Hoffman has the edge,"
Gorham Kenden, associate professor in
the RTVMP department, said. "While
Hollywood does not usually reward com
edies, Hoffman showed great versatility
in his performance."
Another contender for Best Actor is
Paul Newman for his role in The Verdict.
Newman has never won an Oscar.
"Paul Newman has paid his dues,"
said J.C. Brookhouse, an English pro
fessor who teaches movie criticism. "He's
a company man and will probably be
In other categories, the professors and
others interviewed have not seen several
of the choices.
Meryl Streep is the favorite, however,
of most people interviewed for the Best
Actress category, even of those who
haven't seen Sophie's Choice. Many who
had seen the film said that Streep's per
formance as the concentration camp sur
vivor was remarkable.
' Housman called her a remarkable ac
tress for our times. "She seems bland,
but her range is extraordinary," he said.
"She plays a fully fleshed character in an
otherwise flawed film."
. "What can you say?" Jones said.
"She's the hottest thing out. She's well
connected with her training at Yale."
Kim Snooks, a senior English major,
disagreed. She said she thought Jessica
Lange would win for Frances. "This
movie showed what she's capable of do
ing. It's not just a King Kong role." ,
Louis Gossett Jr. has been mentioned
as a likely Oscar winner for his role in An
Officer and A Gentleman since the movie
Jones said he would like to see a black
win an Oscar. "I also think that Gossett
brought out Richard Gere's acting."
For Best Supporting Actress category,
the choices spread out again.
Jerry Rhodes, a junior RTVMP major
said he thought Glenn Close would win
for her role as Garp's mother in The
World According to Garp.
Housman said he thought one of the
two actresses in Tootsie would win Teri
Garr or Jessica Lange.
Angela Barbano, a journalism
graduate student who saw Teri Garr on a
recent morning talk show, said , she
thought that Garr wanted to win badly.
"I'll support her on the basis of that,"
So, how important is it to win an
Oscar? What makes an actor, actress or
studio want to win?
"It's important financially for the film
industry," Kenden said. "I'm not sure of
the politics of the voting or how much the
studios push a vote, but it's an important
showcase for the industry." .
Academy Awards may give new life to movies
By JEFF GROVE
and DAVID SCHMIDT
Staff Writers ' -
Now showing, the film nominated for 49 Academy
Starring the Oscar-winning actress
Featuring a brilliant score by Academy-decorated com
Directed by that sentimental Oscar favorite ...
If a picture is worth a thousand words, are these words
worth thousands of dollars for the pictures they advertise?
Local theater managers agree that Oscar nominations and
victories can affect their businesses. But they disagree on
the amount of influence the awards carry.
Nominations help box office business a lot, said Warren
Stiles, manager of the Carolina Theatre since August.
Stiles has managed theaters for one-and-one-half years.
"A lot of times they re-release films just for that purpose,
because it does create more revenue," he said. As for the
victories, Stiles said they probably don't help business any
more than nominations alone.
s C.H. Deaver was more terse in his evaluation of how
much extra business the Oscars bring. "From the nomina
tions very little," he said. "From the actual awards
a great deal. The re-booking of films is predicated on the
chance that (a film) might win." Deaver, director of
advertising and publicity for the Charlotte-based Eastern
Federal Corp., books films for the Plaza Theatres in
Chapel Hill and has 40 years' experience in the film
Ram Theatre manager Frank Elkins said the effect of
both nominations and awards on a film he has shown for
18 weeks should not be dramatic. "We have had a lot of
repeat business on Tootsie," he said. -"It seems like
everyone has seen it. Tootsie kind of sells itself." Elkins, a
four-year veteran of theater management, has been with
the Ram since December.
Varsity Theatre manager Jim Steele holds an even lower
opinion of whether Oscar victories help films. "I expect
that it would," he said. "But it's hard to say how much.
Our audience pays more attention to the notices, arid they
tend to hold the Academy Awards in contempt." Steele,
who came to the Varsity in early March, spent five years
as assistant manger and manager of the Carolina Theatre
Managers definitely try to have nominees playing in the
theaters at the time of awards night, Elkins said. This
week's movie listings prove that most have succeeded.
Gandhi, which has been nominated in 11 categories,
begins a second run Friday at the Plaza Theatre. Sophie's
Choice will rejoin Tootsie at the Ram Theatre the same
day. Frances makes its Chapel Hill debut Friday at the
Carolina Theatre. And later this month, the Varsity
Theatre will premiere Best Foreign Language Film
nominee Coup de Torchon. .
"We always make sure people know about the nomina
tions, and it will especially improve the business of a film
like An Officer and a Gentleman," Stiles said. He
predicted an Oscar victory for Jessica Lange's perfor
mance in Frances, saying it should help at the box office if
she wins. Otherwise, he said, the film will stay for only a
week or so. "
Elkins said theaters in Raleigh and Durham "really
hype them up" but said his limited newspaper advertising
budget in Chapel Hill prohibits him from promoting
nominated films that way.
Steele plans no extra hype for Coup de Torchon. The
film was booked before the Oscar nominations were an
nounced. "It's the one foreign film (nominated in the
foreign film category) that the average moviegoer might
see. The Oscars are not a reflection of quality, I can't
recall a year in recent memory when the nominations were
less interesting, and when the nominated films were less
interesting." Steele added, "I have no idea who might win
(in the category). I've been surprised a lot recently. Some
years the choice is political; some years it seems like it's
drawn from a hat."
. Deaver said he didn't push for added advertising based
on nominations. "If a film should win an award of
substance, we can increase the advertising space," he said.
"We think Gandhi will perhaps win Best Picture and Best
Actor, but that's our judgment. If the public reacts
favorably, we'll keep it."
Stiles hedged his bets on E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial,
which enjoyed a six-month run at the Carolina this year.
"I don't think E.T. will win Best Picture because it's so
commercialized now," he said. "I don't know so much
of it seems political."
Elkins did not seem to care much about the politics of
the awards. "I would like to see E T. get Best Picture," he
said. "It was really for everybody."
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