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'Chariots of Fir

HOLLYWOOD (UPI) - Just as in
previous Academy Award ceremonies,
the first half hour of Monday's show
.contained nothing that was of any in-
terest. Three hours later, the audience
received its only surprise of the
vening when Katherine Hepburn won
her fourth Oscar, and then Chariots of
Fire came out of nowhere to win best
picture.
Apart from these two winners,
however, the rest of the show was fairly
uneventful. When the two Hungarian
producers came up to accept their
award for foreign-language film, their
spontaneous dance of joy was the most
lively moment of the entire production.
Henry Fonda's Oscar for best actor
&was the most expected award of the

evening; the only surprise was Jane
Fonda's. long and snappy acceptance
speech for her father>
Fonda and Hepburn were too ill to
congratulate each other Tuesday on
their Academy Award triumphs as best'
actor and actress in On Golden Pond.
Their roles as a frail old couple
facing their twilight years together in
the movie curiously paralleled' their
private lives as they approach the end
of long, distinguished careers.
Fonda, suffering from a heart con-
dition complicated by bronchitis, slept
late Tuesday. Hepburn, also ailing from
bronchitis, remained incommunicado
in her hotel room in Washington, D.C.,
where she is appearing on stage in West
Side Waltz.
Neither star was present at the 54th
annual Academy Awards to savor the
Oscar. Fonda watched on television
from his Bel Air home. Miss Hepburn
was on stage when her Oscar was an-
nounced. She returned immediately to
the hotel after her performance..
"We tried to call her room," said
Fonda's wife, Shirlee, "but Katharine
has taken the telephone off the hook."
The Oscar was Fonda's first. It was
Miss Hepburn's fourth, more than any
other performer in academy history.
Warren Beatty, nominated in four,
categories, managed to come away
with the Oscar for Klest director. His
story of American communists caught
up in the Russian Revolution also cap-
tured a best supporting actress award
for Maureen Stapleton.
John Gielgud won the Oscar for best
supporting actor for his performance as
the impeccable, snobbish butler in Ar-
thur.
The 3% hour awards show from the
Los Angeles Music Center was a trium-
phant night for oldtimers. Hepburn and

e,' 'Raid
Fonda have almost 100 years experien-
ce between them. Gielgud is 77.
Honorary awards were presented to
Danny Kaye, 69, and Barbara Stan-
wyck, 74.
Emcee Johnny Carson noted that best
actor nominee Burt Lancaster, 68, was
"newcomer of the year."
Jane Fonda, a nominee for best sup-
porting actress for her role in On
Golden Pond, accepted the Oscar for
her absent father. John Voigt, presen-
ting the Oscar for best actress, thanked
the academy on behalf of Miss Hep-
burn.
Raiders of the Lost Ark and Chariots
of Fire led the list of winners with four
Oscars each, followed by On Golden
Pond and Reds, both of which won
three.
Here is a complete list of Oscar win-
ners:
PICTURE-Chariots of Fire.
ACTOR-Henry Fonda, On Golden
Pond.
ACTRESS-Katherine Hepburn, On
GoldenPond.
SUPPORTING ACTOR-John
Gielgud, Arthur.,
SUPPORTING ACTRESS-Maureen
Stapleton, Reds.
DIRECTOR-Warren Beatty, Reds.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
FILM Memphisto (Hungary).
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY-Colin
Welland, Chariots of Fire.
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY-Ernest
Thompson, On Golden Pond.
ORIGINAL SONG-"Arthur's
Theme," Arthur.
ORIGINAL SCORE-Vangelis,
Chariots of Fire.
WART DIRECTION-Raiders ,of the

ers,' top Oscar winners

The biggest surprise of last night's Academy Awards ceremony was that a British film, 'Chariots of Fire' won the
best picture category. It also marked one of the few times that the best director and picture winners were from dif-
ferent films.

Lost Ark.
CINEMATOGRAPHY-Vittoro Stor-
aro, Reds.
COSTUME DESIGN--Milena
Canonero, Chariots of Fire.
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE-Gen-
ocide.

ANIMATED SHORT-CRAC.
DOCUMENTARY SHORT-Close LIVE ACTION SHORT-Violet.
Harmony. SOUND-Raiders of the Lot Ark.
EDITING--Michael Kahn, Raiders of VISUAL EFFECTS-Raiders of the
the Lost Ark. Lost Ark.
MAKEUP-Rick Baker, An
American Werewolf in London. Jim m1

Best Director Warren Beatty

Daily Contest winners

Due to the tremendous response to the Daily's Oscar Con-
test, it took all of five minutes to determine the winner.
Congratulations to Stuart Wolf for answering five out of ten
trivia questions correctly; and picking four-correct Oscar
winners. He'll receive two passes for the Ann Arbor Theater,
a Daily T-shirt, and anything else that we might find lying
around. Passes to the Ann Arbor Theater will also be given to
the runners up.
Here are the answers to the triyia questions:
1) Wlat s Heaven's Gate? In the movie of the same name,
Heaven's Gate is a roller-skating rink.
2) What were the identification numbers on the seaplane
that rescued Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark? NC-
3PO (an allusion to Star Wars' C-3P0).
3) Besides Jack Reed, what other Americans are buried in
the Kremlin? "Big Bill" Haywood, and Charles Ruthenberg.
4) Whose paintings are featured in Pennies From Heaven?

Edward Hopper's depression paintings were the basis for
much of Gordon Willis' photography.
5) Where was Sean Connery stationed in Outland? lo, a
moon of Jupiter.
6) What did Lex Luthor ask for in exchange of Superman?
Australia.
7) What was the title of the film being filmed within the film
version of The French Lieutenant's Woman? The French
Lieutenant's Woman.
8) Name three movies that had Bob Balaban in a suppor-
ting role. Absence of Malice, Prince of the City, 4nd Whose
Life is it Anyway?
9) Who woke up naked in a zoo this year, copying William
Hurt's performance in Altered States? David Naughton, An
American Werewolf in London.
10) Rocket Used Cars. was the name of James Caans'
dealership in Thief.

Carl Orff, 86, dead
MUNICH, West Germany the age of 5 and his very first com-
(UPI)-Carl Orff, internationally positions-50 songs written in 1911 at
known composer and teacher of the age of 16-were based on poetry
music, has died in a Munich clinic, a by Heine, Hoelderlin and other
clinic spokesman said today. He was German classics.
86.
Orff, who won world fame for such Orff's Schuiwerk fuer Kinder
works as "Carmina Burana" and children's school composition,
who revolutionized music-teaching published in various revised editions
in the 1930s with his "School Book for between 1930 and 1935,
Children," died Monday, the revolutionized musical education
s pokesman confirmed. with its simplicity and emphasis on
Orff was one of Germany's more rhythm.
famous 20th century composers. Orff's most widely acclaimed
Born July 10, 1895, the son of a work, "Carmina Burana," a
Munich army officer, Orff began to milestone in modern music, was fir-
learn the piano, organ and cello at st performed in 1937 in Frankfurt.
OE

Records

The Human
League-'Dare' (A&M)
Abba-'The Visitors' (Atlantic)
At first I thought it was .funny that
Philip Wright of The Human League,
wants them to be "the electronic Ab-
ba." Then I heard these albums and knew
that no one was joking. Dare actually
finds them quite close to that ideal,
though The Visitors may have headed
them off at the pass by going as elec-
tronic as Abba are ever likely to get.
And if you think comparisons to Abba
reflect poorly on The Human League,
then you've 'obviously misunderstood
and underestimated Abba as well as
The Human League. The simple and
undeniable beauty of Abba was alwasy
how much they could do with so little.
Though their songs often sounded
remarkably similar, each one had its
own unforgettable tone and hook.
Luckily, though they've gone through
spne rather intense changes lately,
they haven't lost that basic quality.
Much like Hall and Oates, they've
managed to protect the purity of their
"Europop sensbibility and still make it
work in the context of an enec-
trometallic Eurodisco edge.
r The Human League arrived at a
remarkably similar sound from exactly
the opposite direction. Coming from the
dark and arty realm of Germanic elec-
tronicism, they have gradually em-

braced the joyous durability of classic
pop. That change split, the original
League, generating the stridently
political and aggressive danceable
Heaven 17 and the intelligent Europop
populism of the present Human
League.
However, if you think that going pop
automatically relegates The Human
League to the stature of lightweights,
then you might as well stop reading
right here; The Human League are only
for those willing to take pop music
seriously.
And since The Human League take
pop seriously, they naturally take Abba
seriously. Now, if you still think of
"Fernando" and "Waterloo" when you
think of Abba, that remark will
probably hit you broadside, But if you
have any respect for the on-the-mark
sensibility that generated those pop
wonders,-then you've got a good start on
imagining that it wouldn't be beyond
them to actually keep abreast of
modern sounds.
And in so doing they have reached
Human League territory. Both groups
put their major thrust into immediately
irresistible pop hooks, which they then
cloak $ in sensitive electronic
arrangements. The music and lyrics
always have just enough of a modern
edge to keep their work from sounding
vapid, but carefully avoid the self-
defeating seriousness and arty coldness

that so seriously hinders Simple Minds,
Orchestral Manouevers, Gary Numan,
Soft Cell, and so on. At the same time,
both The Human League and Abba are
,every bit as danceable as any of the&
above.
Admittedly, most of this praise is only
true about the first side of The Visitors..
The second aside finds them back to
their old cabaret-cum-TV-jingle tricks.
Even here, though, you really can't
deny the seductive immediacy of every
hook and turn, even if most of the songs
are reminiscent of Julie Andrews.
Damn, if "A Spoonful of Sugar" wasn't
a great pop song, then' I don't know
what was.
Likewise, The Human League are
shooting for that ultimately undeniable
refrain, that totalitarian hypnotic hook.
In that light, we run up against both the
strengths and limitatiofis of the form.
There is a transcendental populism
possible to good pop music at the very
same time that it is prone to a lowest-
common denominator sort of jingleism.
Luckily, Abba seem to be pulling them-
selves away from that mentality, while
Th@ Human League seem far too smart
to even approach it.
Which is not to say that The Human
League won't use pop devices to their
own end and this flirt with its most
tempting weaknesses. Like all pop ban-
ds, I could see either Abba or The
Human League writing the new "Let's

Go Krogering." And the funniest thing
about pop music is that it would be
hard to tell if that was their lowest
debasement or their highest
achievement.
Of course, that is hardly an issue with
these two discs-they are both highly
intelligent and well-crafted affairs.
That may be somewhat of a surprise
from Abba, but it shouldn't be from the
Human League; I think we've only seen
the start of what they can do.
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