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The MihinDlyh

Thursday, February 6, 1986

Page 5

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'Purp
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - The
Color Purple, the struggle of a poor,
black Southern woman for dignity,
and Out of Africa, a romantic tale of
A Danish writer, led the field with 11
Oscar nominations Wednesday but
voters snubbed Purple director
Steven Spielberg in his bid for artistic
acclaim.
Prizzi's Honor, a black comedy about
a lovesick Mafia hitman, and Witness
the adventures of a New York cop in
Amish country, each captured eight
nominations. The list of contenders
for best picture of 1985 was rounded
out by Kiss of the Spider Woman,
about a revolutionary and a
homosexual who became friends in
jail. It had four nominations in all.
The 58th annual Academy Awards
will be presented March 24.
The nominations reflected the in-
dependence of Academy of Motion
Pictures Arts and Sciences voters.

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'Africa' lead Oscar

They were unswayed by the big bucks
of 1985's biggest box-office hits. Back
to the Future could manage only the
song and writing nominations and
two for sound and Rambo First
Blood, Part II muscled its way only to
a mention for sound effects editing.
Spielberg has yet to win an Oscar,
even though he has directed the all-
time movie moneymaker E. T. the
Extra-Terrestrial.
At Spielberg's Amblin Entertain-
ment, a secretary said the director
was out of town and unavailable for
comment.
Setting aside the director of a movie
nominated for best picture is not
without precedent. Last year, the
Norman Jewison-directed A Soldier's
Story received a top picture nod, but
Jewison was ignored by the Motion
Picture Academy.
Spielberg's star, stand-up comic
Whoopi Goldberg, was nominated for

her role as the downtrod
wife.
Also named for best act:
Anne Bancroft as the ster
superior of Agnes of God
Lange the country singer P
in Sweet Dreams, and Me
as the Danish novelist Isak]
Out of Africa.
Geraldine Page, the he
bound Texas woman of Th
Bountiful, scored he
nomination. The 61-year-ol
has yet to win.
Jack Nicholson, the cool
Prizzi's Honor, and Jon V
escaped convict of Runaw
were nominated for best ac
with first-time nominees
Ford, the detective on the r
ness. James Garner, the s
pharmacist in Murphy's1
and William Hurt, the he
prisoner of Kiss of the Spide

den farm Don Ameche, 79, who started per- Pu
forming in movies in 1936, made a S
ress were sentimental comeback by scoring his O
n mother first academy nomination for best H
1. Jessica supporting actor in Cocoon. R
atsy Cline "I was really stunned, to tell you F
ryl Streep the truth," Ameche said by telephonel
Dinesen of from his Santa Monica home. "To be O
around this long and finally get one, it HE
omeward- is a tremendous shock, a pleasant R
he Trip to one, I might add." F
r ninth Others in that category: Klaus o
Id actress Maria Brandauer, Out of Africa; T
William Hickey, Prizzi's Honor; o
hitman of Robert Loggia, Jagged Edge; and w
'oight, the Eric Roberts, Runaway Train. Ri
vay Train Margaret Avery and Oprah Win-
tor, along frey of The Color Purple found them-
Harrison selves competing against each other
un in Wit- for best supporting actress. Also
mall-town nominated: Anjelica Huston, who was
Romance, directed by her father John Huston in
omosexual Prizzi's Honor. Also in the race were
r Woman. newcomers Amy Madison for Twice in
a Lifetime and Meg Tilly for Agnes of
God.
The nominees in both supporting
categories are all first-timers.
It was a good year for sep-
tuagenarians. Huston, 79, was
nominated for best direction for Priz-
zi's Honor, as was the japanese
master Akira Kurosawa, 75 for Ran.
Also nominated were the Argentine-
Brazilian Hector Babenco for Kiss of
The Spider Woman, Austrialian Peter
Weir for witness, and American Syd-
ney Pollack for Out of Afirica.
Pop star Lionel Richie captured a
nominaton for best songs with his "Say
You, Say Me," from White Nights
Richie also was named for co-writing
lyrics to "Miss Celie's Blues (Sister)"
from the Color Purple. Other songsr
nominated: "Power of Love" from
Back to the Future. "Separate Lives"
from White Nights and "Surprise,'
Surprise" from A Chorus Line.
Other nominations included:
Original screenplay - Back to the I
Future, Robert Zemeckis and Bob
Gale; Brazil, Terry Gilliam, Tom
r the Stoppard, Charles McKeown; The Of-
ficial Story, Luis Puenzo, Aida Bor-
tnik; The Purple Rose of Cairo,
Woody Allen; Witness, Earl W. I
Wallace and William Kelley (screen- I
play) and Kelley, Wallace and
Pamela Wallace (story). T
r Screenplay adaptation- The Color

urple, Menno Mevies; Kiss of the
pider Woman, Leonard Schrader;
ut of Africa, Kurt Luedtke; Prizzi's
onor, Richard Condon, Janet
oach; The Trio to Bountiful, Horton
oote,
Best Foreign language film: The
fficial Story, Argentina; Angry
arvest, West Germany; Colonel
3edl, Hungary; 3 Men and a Cracle
rance; and When Father Was Away
in business, Yugoslavia.
here were other surprising
missions besides Spielberg. Garner
as named for best actor in Murphy's
3omance, but not his

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races
co-star, two-timie Oscar win-
ner Sally Field, whose acceptance
speech ("You liked me!") stunned
the academy last year.
Also missing was Cher for Mask,
Jane Fonda in Agnes of God, Cissy
Spacek of Maria and Kathleen Turner
of Prizzi's Honor, Woody Allen's well-
received The Purpose Rose of Cairo,
released early in 1985, was named
only for his screenplay.
The Oscars will be announced
from the stage of the Dorothy Chan-
dler Pavilion of the Los Angeles
Music Center on Monday, March 24,
with ABC again televising.

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In much the same way that one en-
joys rooting for the underdog, it's
natural to have good wishes for a local
band. Unfortunately for Surreal
Estate, sympathy can't overcome the
disappointment of a mediocre debut
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"Pretense" means taking yourself
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this Ann Arbor trio is a little too
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title cut, and some other nice bits
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petence which may lead to good stuff
in the future.
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of the mind, and people seeing
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meaning and understatement conflict
and make it too vague to mean much
at all.
The important problem with
Surreal Estate is not their attitude,
though, but their sound, which is all
too often derivative and lacking in
original musical ideas. "Perfect Im-
perfection," and, to a lesser degree,
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plete with Sting-imitation vocals, and
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