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Page 8 -The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, March 16, 1988

The

'Little-

but-

Still

-Beautiful'

Contest

By John Shea
Even though spring is only
around the corner, when you hear the
word "pool" these days, you are not
thinking about the YMCA kind.
You are thinking about the
NCAA kind.
Is not everyone on this campus
"prediction happy" right now? Sure.
March means the NCAA basketball
tournament and the Academy
Awards, two larger-than-life specta-
cles that have become such perma-
nent staples of our culture that we
feel compelled to predict, if not wa-
ger, on their outcomes.
But the noticeable difference be-
tween the two events is that all 64
participants of the NCAA tourna-
ment receive a fair amount of atten-
tion. In predicting what will happen
in the tournament, one has to con-
sider little schools, say, like Boise
State, perhaps upsetting a team or
two.
With the Oscars, few ever con-
sider the little people. All we care
about is the six major categories:
Actor, Actress, Supporting Actress,

an art of following the newspapers
and Entertainment Tonight than
knowing what's going on in the
film industry. This, of course, takes
away most of the fun.
So that's why I feel we need an-
other contest from the Free Press, a
contest that at once pays tribute to
all the little people while enabling
those who know a lot about the
movie industry to show off their
knowledge.
Hence, the following is the
"Michigan Daily Little-but-Still-
Beautiful Oscar Contest." Gran
Prize is four tickets to the Ann Ar
bor 1 & 2. Seven "little categories"
are listed, with each category worth a
designated number of points; circle
the nominee you believe will win.
The entry with the most points
wins, with a drawing to be held in
case of a tie. Bring your entries in
with your name and phone number
to 420 Maynard Street. Deadline is
April 1.
Best Achievement in Cin-
ematography. The art of photog-
raphy is a painstaking one. And how
easily we forget that the camera is
our eyes in the theatre. It is our vi-
sion. Without it, we are blind.
Surely, this is worth one point:
Michael Ballhaus, Broadcast
News ; Allen Daviau, Empire of the
Sun; Philippe Rousselot, Hope and
Glory; Vittorio Storaro, The Last
Emperor; Haskell Wexler, Matewan.
Best Achievement in
Sound. Do you think it's easy

Starship's hit single 'Nothing
box-office success. Now, their
Supporting Actor, Director and
Film. These categories, which we'll
call "The Beautiful Categories," re-
ceive all the attention and all the
hype, while all the little people
nominated in the "little categories,"
- those folks behind the scenes -
are by and large forgotten. Do you

g's Gonna Stop Us Now' singlehandly rocketed 'Mannequin' to
song has been nominated for a Best Original Song Oscar.

ever watch an entire telecast of the
Oscars? No. You start watching at
11:30 p.m. when the Academy starts
reeling off the names of the big
winners.
This is sad.
Besides, the feeling of triumph of
predicting all seven of the Beautiful

Categories correctly is a hollow one
at best. Critics around the country
and insiders of the industry talk
about the Oscars and project winners
the day the nominations come out.
More often than not, we know who
is going to win before the telecast.
Predicting the Oscars becomes more

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dubbing in voices and sounds? Nope.
Besides, the men serve as our ears in
the theatre. They are our hearing.
And since the loss of hearing is just
as bad as the loss of vision, we'll
make this category worth one point
as well:
Robert Knudson, Don Digiro-
lamo, John Boyde and Tony DawnL
Empire of the Sun; Bill Row and,
Ivan Sharrock, The Last Emperor;
Les Fresholtz, Dick Alexander, Vern
Poore and Bill Nelson, Lethal
Weapon; Michael J. Kohut, Carlos
DeLarios, Aaron Rochin and Robert
Wald, Robocop; Wayne Artman,
Tom Beckert, Tom Dahl and Art
Rochester, The Witches of Eastwick.
Best Achievement in Ani-
mated Short Films. Cartoons
get such a bad rap, we'll make this
one worth two points:
George and Rosemary; The Man.
Who Planted Trees; Your Face.
Best Achievement in Docr,
umentary Features. This is in-
cluded because documentary film-
makers are defecting over to videQ.
because they feel they can get morg,
recognition and more money. I can't
offer them money, but I can say,
their contribution to the film indus-
try is worthy of acknowledgement
and one point:
Eyes on the Prize: America's
Civil Rights Years; Hellfire: A.
Journey from Hiroshima; Radio
Bikini; A Stitch in Time; The Ten-
Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of
the Algonquin Round Table.
Best Achievement in
Makeup. You don't think the
Beautiful People look so beautiful
all by themselves, do you? One-
point:
Bob Laden, Happy New Year
Rick Barry, Harry and the Hfender-
sons.
Best Achievement in Song
(Original Score). The oft-ma-
ligned but oh-so-important category
of best original song.'People bad
mouth this category year and year
and I'm getting mighty tired of it.
People just don't realize how hard it
is to write a song. First, you have to
sit down and write the lyrics; then,,
you have to sit down and write the,
music. It's hard. Let's make this,
category worth two points, one for.
each lyrics and music:
"Cry Freedom," Cry Freedom;,
"(I've Had) The Time of :My Life",
Dirty Dancing; "Nothing's Gonna
Stop Us Now," Mannequin;
"Shakedown," Beverly Hills Cop 1;
"Storybook Love," The Princess
Bride.
When the Damn' Oscar
Show is Gonna End. If there's
one thing people love to do on Oscar
night, other than picking the win-
ners, is predicting when the damn
curtain is going to fall for the final
time and the Beautiful People run off
to all the Beautiful Parties. So write
down below when you think the
show is going to end. If you're
within three minutes, either way,
you'll be credited with a correct an
swer. A
I figure this one's worth five
points.
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