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0 The Message w for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment March 6, 199 On the Record By CHARLIE MARTIN NC News Service Columnist MAKE IT HAPPEN Not more than three short years ago/I was aban- doned and alone/Without a penny to my name So very young and so afraid/No proper shoes upon my feet/Sometimes I couldn t even eat/i often cried myself to sleep/But still I had to keep on going/Never knowing if I could take it/If I would make it through the night/i held on to my faith/i struggled and I prayed/And now I've found my way (REFRAIN) If you believe in yourself/And know what you want/You're gonna make it happen/(Make it happen)/And if you get down on your knees at night/and ray to the Lord/He's gonna make it appen/(Make it happen} I know that life can be so tough/And you feel like giving up/But you must be strong/Baby just hold on/You'll never find the answers/If you throw your life away/I used to feel the way that you. do/Still I have to keep on going/Never knowing ff I could take it/If I would make it through the night/i held on to my faith/I strug- gled and I prayed/And I've finally found my way (REPEAT REFRAIN) Ioonce was lost/but now I'm foundfl got my'feet n solid ground/Thank you Lord/If you believe within your soul/Just hold on tighUAnd don't let Do you believe in yourself? go/You can make it/(Make it happen) (REPEAT REFRAIN) Written by Mariah Carey, David Cole, Robert Clivilles Sung by Mariah Carey Copyright (c) 1991 by M. Carey Songs Virgin Music Inc., Cole-Clivilles Music Enterprises A teen from Virginia recently sent me this request: "Mariah Carey's 'Make It Happen' would fit very well into your column. Not only does Mariah have the voice of an angel, but this song conveys a message that is often lost in the ambitious world that we live in. The song re- minds us that to attain success and balance we have to believe in ourselves. We can pray to God to 'Make It Happen."' Like the reader, I enjoy Carey's music. I also affirm how this song encourages us to both be- lieve in ourselves and ask God for guidance. The person in the song faces challenges and uncertainties. She knows "life can be so tough and you feel like giving tip." Yet she under- stands that "you'll never find the answers if you throw your life away." She realizes she needs "to keep on going," even when she doesn't know for sure "if I could take it." would agree with her attitude. seems overwhelming, we may wonder can hold on tightly enough. If you sense that you are losin that your faith in yourself or in ( consider these suggestions: 1. Tell someone you trust just how you feel. God gave us each other to help us get: through life's hurts. At times, all of us have our faith bolstered by others. 2. Also share your feelings with God including what you are feeling about God, who accepts whatever the state of our emo" tions, even if our feelings toward him are anger or despair. 3. Ask yourself what practical steps you can take to improve the current situation, if !:; only in small ways. This doesn't necessarily  mean a total fix. Sometimes improving cumstances in small ways is well wc fort. -i 4. Finally, remember that no failure is final in God's eyes. God accepts us no matter how badly we have made a mess of our lives." And remember, as the song so states, if you choose God's gift of life by i open to a new beginning "he's g( happen." Where does she get the strength to do this? You2 She advises us to "hold on tight to our belief in PleaSe address them to: ourselves and to our faith in God. Most of us Box 182, Rockport, IN 47635). Hollywood breaks new ground with 'Beauty and the Beast' nominati0v By GERRI PARE Jonathan Demme to be hen- The view from here is that and, to a lesser eXtefn "Bugsy" and "The]:d'tle Louise;" simply otteru' so v, kind of slick, glorifiea to agery that desensitize.S ill the human condition. "-tle itself ought to inspiree# academy to forgo giving "' Catholic News Service ored for "The Silence of the Nolte's time to win has come. NEW YORK (CNS)  Hol- lywood broke new ground when the entertainment world nominated "Beauty and the Beast" for best pic- ture of 1991. It marks the first time a feature-length ani- mated movie has been nomi- nated for its top Oscar. When the Academy Awards are presented March 30, Disney's enchanting fam- ily film deserves to win best picture as well as in the best song category, where three of its tunes drew separate nomi- nations. "Beauty," which the U.S. Catholic Conference classi- fied A-I -- general patronage is deserving on quality alone, but it might be helped bv Hollywood's image-con- sciousness. Some academy voters will resist honoring the much-heralded "Bugsy" (A- Ill) because it's about a mob- ster, or "JFK" (A-III), fraught with political controversy for its implications about the Kennedy assassination. Voters likewise may shy away from "The Silence of the Lambs" (A-IV), which fea- tures a serial killer who skins his victims. But "Beauty" could lose to "The Prince of Tides" (A-IV) if voters sympathize with Barbra Streisand, who many feel was unfairly left out of best director nominations. Last year the directors simi- larly snubbed Penny Mar- shall, director of "Awaken- ings" (A-II). Ignoring director Streisand seemed ironic, given that her film got seven other nominations. For best direction, look to Lambs," which avoids being totally gruesome by focusing on a rookie FBI agent's coura- geous determination to bring a killer to justice. Oliver Stone, for "JFK," and Barry Levinson, for "Bugsy," are equally strong contenders but each one's previous win in this category may be a liability. Ridley Scott appears to be a dark-horse best director win- ner for "Thelma and Louise" (O) should the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sci- ences want to honor a new artist. A long shot in this category could be 24-year-old John Singleton for "Boyz N the Hood" (A-IV), a riveting por- trait of precarious ghetto fam- ily life. Singleton is the first African- American ever nomi- nated for best director and the youngest person ever nominated in that category (Orson Welles was 26 with "Citizen Kane"). Not having paid his dues in Tinseltown could work against him, but he could still go home with another Oscar, for best origi- nal screenplay. It's a real dogfight in the best actor category. Robin Williams, for "The Fisher King" (A-III), and Robert De Niro, for "Cape Fear" (O), are contenders, though the indus- try seems to feel Warren Beatty achieved his personal best in "Bugsy." Nick Nolte, in "The Prince of Tides," and Anthony Hopkins, in "The Silence of the Lambs," each gave such staggering perfor- mances that it could be a tie. Best actress is anybody's guess. The unexpected flop of "For the Boys" (A-III) may ac- tually help Bette Midler win a consolation prize, while Jodie Foster's recent win for "The Accused" (O) may di- minish her chances for "Si- lence of the Lambs." The two stars of "Thelma and Louise," Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, may just cancel each other out, leaving long-shot Laura Dern. of "Rambling Rose" (A-IV) to pocket the golden statuette. Dern has the vote from here. For best supporting actor, veteran Jack Palance, who plays crusty cowpoke Curly in "City Slickers" (A-II), is the sentimental favorite. But he faces stiff competition from Michael Lerner, who ably spoofed a Hollywood producer in "Barton Fink" (A-III), and Tommy Lee Jones, who gave an appropriately menacing performance in "JFK." Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley, both in "Bugsy," are trailing right behind. Mercedes Ruehl so cap- tured her big-hearted charac- ter in "The Fisher King" she is apt to capture the best sup- porting actress Oscar and inch out both Diane Ladd, who gave a sympathetic per- formance in "Rambling Rose," and Kate Nelligan, who deftly plays a complex young woman in "The Prince of Tides." The fact that Jes- sica Tandy's Oscar for "Driv- ing Miss Daisy" (A-II) is still fresh in voters' minds may go against the venerable actress, despite her touching perfor- mance in 'Fried Green Toma- toes" (A-II). Juliette Lewis, the naive teen-ager in "Cape Fear," is unlikely to win first time out. In looking at key nomina- tions a common denominator is violence, though that's not as negative as it might sound. For example, the assassina- tion footage in "JFK" is over- shadowed by the fact that the movie may lead to opening long-sealed secret files sur- rounding what actually hap- pened on that fateful day in 1963. The seething rage in "Boyz N the Hood" is a cry for help in the inner cities and a demand for greater parental responsibility. Other violence-laden films, however, such as "Termina- tor 2" (O), and "Cape Fear" any kudos. '"e a# Symbols after each tlu 3;i, USCC classificationS: II, J' , " general patronage, .Ill, adults and adolescentS; *'-,h . WI. adults; A-IV, adultS, ,..s reservations (indicaIS Joff';" that, while not moral Y, ot P! sire in themselves, are _ tlTeY casual viewino becaUSv .,. 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