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Art for art's sake: Best Actor features writers, painters

Past Winners

The Michigangily - Weekend, et
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By Wilhelmina Mauritz
Daily Arts Writcr
Actors rule! Obviously, since Best
Actor remains one of the most popu-
lar categories at the Academy
Awards. Because of this, everyone
tends to hold an opinion about who
should win and why. As always, it
will all come down to one lucky win-

ner who Bets to take home the little
golden man.
The first bor leading actor is Javier
Bardem for his performance in
"Before Night Falls" as Cuban poet
and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, who
was persecuted for his homosexuali-
ty in the 1960s. Bardem may not be a
familiar name to audiences in the
U.S. since the Spanish actor hasn't

made the big cross over to American
Uilm, and this may prove a disadvan-
tage for him vhen it comes down to
the big night. This is Bardem's first
nomination, and although his perfor-
mance has won him much acclaim.
it's unlikely that he will take home
the Oscar.
Nominated for his performance in
"Gladiator," Russell Crowe plays
Maximus, a mighty warrior in the
Roman army who becomes a gladia-
tor after escaping his execution for a
crime he did not commit. Fairly new
to the world of' Hollywood, Crowe
garnered his first nomination last
year for his role of' the tobacco
informer Jeffery Wigand in "The
Insider." Even though Tom flanks

Considering that he already took
home a Golden Globe this year for
his role in "Cast Away" and is a pre-
rennial Academy favorite. Hanks
could be shoe-in for his portrayal of-
a Federal Express worker who gets
stranded on a deserted island after
his plane crashes over seas.
Production for the filminv of "Cast
Away" actually halted for an entire
year so Hanks could lose 50 pounds
and grow out his hair for his scenes
on the island. This is blanks' fifth
nomination and if he wins, it will be
his third Oscar for best actor (he won
in '93 for "Philadelphia" and '94 for
"Forrest Gump").
A labor of love for this fourth
nominee, Ed Harris is nominated for
his performance in the art-house fare
"Pollock." IHarris portrays Jackson
Pollock, the abstract painter who
many lovers of modern art consider

an artistic genius. Most critics di:-
missed "Pollock." and because of
this, it's unlikely that Ilarris will win
this award. This is harris' third
Oscar nomination.
The final nominee in this category
is Geoffrey Rush for his role in the
film "Quills." Rush plays the
Marquis de Sade. the notorious
French writer whose sexually explic-
it books and actions landed him a
place in the local insane asylum.
As an actor. Rush tends to have a
flare for dramatic roles as he
received his first Oscar in 1996 for
his portrayal of the eccentric pianist
David Helfgott in "Shine." Rush also
received a nomination for his role
Philip Henslowe in "Shakespeare in
Love." Considering what he is up
against, it's unlikely that Rush will
walk away with a second Oscar in his
back pocket.

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Although going to the movies is
looked upon as a form of mind-
numbing relaxation, it packs in as
much Zen as a monster truck rally.
Cinema paradiso? I think not. It's a
mad mad mad mad movie world.
From personal space-invading
spectators to crunch-happy candy
connoisseurs, {
recent experi-
ences at the-
aters have been a'
almost as
unbearable as
the films that
are playing.
Those who saw
"The Mexican"
know what I
mean. Although
I would like to Meredith
thank the Keller
Academy for
providing me Keller
with images of
Brad Pitt's face instincts
the width of a
Volkswagen, those baby blue peepers
were hardly an adequate penance for
the cinema sins committed by the
defiant ones in the audience.
Unless you have recently been
adopted by Daddy Warbucks, or
unless you call 1600 Pennsylvania
Avenue home, chances are that a pri-
vate screening is not in your near
future and going to the movies will
be a whole community affair. Packed
shoulder-to-shoulder with far-from
ordinary people, these airtight condi-
tions could give sardines claustro-
phobia.
Contorting their bodies more than
a sideshow act from the greatest
show on earth, further adding to

these movie-going crimes and mis-
demeanors, restless patrons strike a
number of poses in an attempt to
vogue their way into the unattainable
comfortable position. Swaying to the
rhythms of their bobbing bodies,
risking vertigo for a glimpse of the
screen, you begin to wish that
Dramamine was sold alongside the
Kit Kats at the candy counter. And
should you happen to sit in front of a
Tae Bo devotee, brace yourself for
the reflexive roundhouse kicks to
your rotator cuff, and keep your fin-
gers crossed that this time the com-
plimentary post-film mint will be
replaced by a free neck brace and
shiatsu massage. What the pesky
patron Billy Blanksing the back of
your chair doesn't know is that they'd
better watch out or they could face
your wrath with a swift 400 blows to
the head!
Despite the unforeseen annoy-
ances of mid-movie motion sickness
and post-screening whiplash, what
really frosts my cookies about the
audience is why, nine times out of
ten, this desire to snuggle with
strangers continues even in the emp-
tiest of theaters. Why is it that,
despite the 148 equally sticky seats
that are available, as luck or lust
would have it, the next oaf to walk in
will decide to park his patootie adja-
cent to you? And although TRL wis-
dom would have us believe that
"Nobody Wants to be Lonely," I for
one did not buy tickets to rub elbows
on the armrest, unless of course you
are Ricky Martin. But when Bobby
America plops down next to you
with his fresh from the microwave-
hot dog topped by a cesspool of
onions, hot peppers, and nacho

cheese - even the apo
seems more inviting thai
Bobby hoover-up his ja
excuse his inevitable
Recall the theater is not
- thou shall not covet tl
hotdog!
Despite my issues w
interaction, however,
roots of all reel-evils ca
traced back to one seer
spot - the concessions
with Heath Bars, this ca
counter serves up ju
already gluttonous an
average American really
haul full of Goobers a
pool sized cola while the
in their seat for the ne:
Increasing candy quant
tially with the length
behemoth boxes of bo
become unjustly analk
cinema experience. (R
that somewhere in O
new World Record for
was set with a stale tf
Twizzler.)
Now did we come
your molars grinding r
imitation Orville Redei
we paid $7.50 to hear
Julia Roberts worth $
second and envy her a
four pairs of Gucci pan
syllable she utters. So
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ners, and help put the'
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Information from
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The Academy Award statutte was officially dubbed "Oscar"
in 1939. Rumor has it that the name Oscar first derived
from the Uncle of an Academy librarian who thought that
the golden one resemebled him. The statue boasts a knight
that stands atop a film reel with 5 spokes, the original
parts of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers
and Technicians.
HEIGHT: 13 1/2 inches
WEIGHT: 8 1/2 pounds
NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO MAKE A STATUE: 12
LENGTH OF TIME IT TAKES TO A STATUE: 20 hrs.
NUMBER OF STATUES PRESENTED TO DATE: 2,365

Awards, Interrupted Information from www.oscar.com
While the Academy Award Ceremonies have been
taking place for 72 years, only three times has
the schedule been thrown off course because of
occurences. In 1938, high tide rained supreme as
massive flooding took over the city of Los
Angeles. The Awards were postponed for a week.
30 years later, the Academy postponed the
k' ceremony for two days when Dr. Martin Luther
King was assassinated. Again in 1981, the
Academy halted the event for 24
hours, following John Hinkley, Jr.'s assassination
attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
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