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The Michigan Daily Wednesday, April 13, 1983 Page 5

No surprises

from Oscar

this year

H OLLYWOOD (UPI) - Gandhi, the'
epic biography of the apostle of
nonviolence and father of modern In-
dia, overwhelmed the touching fairy
tale E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial to win
the most and biggest Oscars.
Gandhi collected eight awards at
Monday night's 55th annual Academy
Awards presentation, including best ac-
tor for its star Ben Kingsley, and best
director for Richard Attenborough, who
labored 20 years to put the story on the
Meryl Streep was named best actress
for her portrayal of a tormented victim
of Nazi terror in Sophie's Choice.
Louis Gossett Jr., who played the
tough-talking but soft-hearted Marine
drill sergeant in An Officer and a Gen-
tleman, was named best supporting ac-
tor and became the third black performer
ever to win an acting Oscar. The previous
two were Hattie McDaniel and Sidney
Jessica Lange won as best supporting
actress for her role as a winsome soap

opera star in Tootsie. The third actress
ever nominated twice in the same year,
she lost the best actress award, as had
her two predecessors.
Gandhi and E.T., the biggest movie
moneymaker in history with a world-
wide gross of more than $400 million,
competed against each other in seven
categories and Gandhi won five of them
- best picture, director, original
screenplay, film editing and
Winner of best original screenplay,
John Briley, is a former University
graduate and also a Daily alumnus.
This was his first Oscar.
Gandhi also won Oscars for costume
design and art direction and became
only the third British film, following
Hamlet in 1948 and Chariots of Fire last
year, to win Hollywood's top honor.
E.T., a modern fairy tale about a boy
who befriends a gentle creature from
outer space, beat out Gandhi for best
original score and best sound. It also

won for visual effects and sou
"I am totally bowled over
Attenborough said when picki
best director Oscar.
"The person you really h
Gandhi himself," he said a fev
later in accepting the movie o
award. "He was an inspi
millions and millions of people
traordinary thing is that he is
still an inspiration."
Kingsley, a half-Indian Brit
actor making his movie debu
was "overwhelmed to be mer
the same breath as the other
tlemen who were nominated v
The losers included Paul Nem
Peter O'Toole, now winless it
as well as Dustin Hoffman;
Miss Streep, who is visibly
thanked author William Sty
creating this beautiful chara
her two co-stars, because "ev

nd effects
by this,"
ing up his
onor was
w minutes
f the year
ration to
e. The Ex-
tish stage
t, said he
ntioned in
four gen-
with me

had I got from looking in their eyes."
"Up Where We Belong," from An Of-
ficer and a Gentleman, was named best
original song. Like John Williams' E.T.
score, it won a grammy earlier this
Missing took the Oscar for best adap-
ted screenplay, and Henry Mancini won
for best adapted score for Victor Vic-
Winners of two Oscars made political
statements during their acceptance
speeches before an estimated world-
wide audience of half a billion.

vman and Expatriate Polish filmmaker
n 13 tries, Zbigniew Rybczynaki, producer of the
and Jack best short film, Tango, lingered at the
podium and said, "We share this award
pregnant, with Lech Walesa and Solidarity."
yron "for Teenage heartthrob Matt Dillon, who
cter" and earlier had tried to usher the winners
erything I off stage, scratched his head as they
finally walked away.
Edward Le Lorrain, accepting the
best short subject documentary Oscar'
for If You Love This Planet, a Canadian
film about the effects of nuclear war
that was labled propaganda by the U.S.
Justice Department, held up the
statuette and said simply, "An Oscar
for peace."
Volver a Empezar (To Begin Again),
the Spanish movie about a writer exiled
during the Franco era who returns to
his hometown, was named best foreign-
language film.
Other Oscars went to Quest For Fire
for makeup, A Shocking Accident as
best live action short film, and Just
Another Missing Kid as best documen-
Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli,
Richard Pryor and Walter Matthau,
who shared hosting chores, opened the
3 -hour spectacular with a song-and-
dance routine. The telecast also
featured a showy tribute to the movie
music of Irving Berlin, which went on
without an ailing Ethel Merman.
Mickey Rooney received an honorary
Oscar for lifetime achievement and in
an emotional highlight cited many co-
stars of his 60-year career, thanked his
wife, and told the academy: "Tonight
you honor me beyond anything that a
man should be given, with the greatest
and highest tribute a man can receive
in this business. My family are all
tingling inside because of this moment
for me."
Show business veterans appearing as
AP Photo presenters included Luise Rainer, Jane
Russell, Cornel Wilde, and director
Atten- Billy Wilder.
lest Ac-

Longtime'Hollywood entertainer Mickey Rooney holds up his honorary Oscar, presen-
ted to him for his 60 years in the film industry. His was the most touching acceptance

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The winners line up after Monday night's Academy Awards ceremony. This triple-threat includes Richard
borough, who took home awards for Best Directing and Best Picture ('Ghandi'), Meryl Streep, winner in the B
tress category ('Sophie's Choice'), and Best Actor Ben Kingsley ('Ghandi').


social statements

*By Bob Lerner
W ITH PURE escapism as the norm
of many art forms, the Ethnic
Theater Festival comes as a refreshing
mixture of entertainment and social
relevancy. Presented by the Office of
Minority Student Services, the festival
was a seven-day series of performances
by dance and theater groups of diverse
ethnic backrounds.
. The purpose of the festival was to
promote unity through cultural
awareness and communication. Accor-
ding to Valerie Glenn, a student
representative of the Office of Minority
Student Services, "never has there
been a more appropriate time than the
present for minority groups to reaffirm
their unity and coalitions."
Glenn sees the need to reaffirm
minority unity and coalitions as a
qeflection on the confused state of the
minoitysystem. It is the hope of those
behind it that the festival has promoted
understanding, both within cultures
and among them. On the local level,
Glenn views the festival as a means by
which minorities and the uniyersity as
a whole can acclimate themselves to
one another.
The festival took place at the Per-
formance Network Theater, located at
408 W. Washington. The purpose of the
Performance Network, according to co-
ounder David Bernstein, is to provide a
base for a "community-oriented,
socially conscious aesthetic." The
festival fits this description and, in fact,
two of the five performing groups are
Ann Arbor-based
One of the Ann Arbor-based groups,
the Common Ground Theater Ensem-
ble, presented their production of Stick
and Stones last Saturday at the Per-
formance Network Theater. Common

parts in a consistently energetic style
that made up for the uneven quality of
the scripts.
The intimately small theater is a
good setting for this type of show
because the proximity of the actresses
makes them seem like -everyday
people, rather than aloof and distant
performers. This serves to make the 10
acts more involving than they other-
wise might be. There is, however, a
problem in a format that contains 10
separate acts. After a while, an element

of predictability sets in. Despit this
problem though, the show manages to
sustain interest and possess a
cumulative impact.
In addition to the show, those behind
the festival hope that it, too, will have a
cumulative impact. Another Ethnic
Theater Festival is planned for next
year with the idea being that the
festival will become an annual event in
Ann Arbor. This year's festival may be
the beginning of a tradition.


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the kasdan scholarship in creative writing
the jeffrey 1. weisberg freshman poetry award
will be announced
wednesday, april 13, 4 p.m.
rackham lecture hall (main floor)

Wed. April 13, 12 Noon Commons Rm., Lane Hall
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Associate Prof. of Political Science, University of Toronto,
Peter Solomon; "Law As An Instrument of Rule: The Revival
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