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The Entertainment for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana March 17, 1989 I[Jll I II I II On the Record NC News Service Columnist away Two Hearts you don't put faith in what Written by Phil Collins, Lament Dozier terest, in fact love can accept another's dig Sung by Phil Collins ferences. Copyright (c) 1988 Atlantic Recording Corp, God made each of us unique and special. Our REFRAIN: She r tions in me. I like the song's emphasis on faith in relation: it/There's ships. In the song's worcis, ,,if you don't put faith in what you believe in, it's getting you nowhere?' Indeed, faith in what is shared with another is know/She can reach you you are by ; one mind  is of time mind REPEAT REFRAIN where disagreement is found, each individual shared attain what is wanted, an interest is pull together to help It is just too '!two eal love person to Lhave a love that no matter how tested or an- greatly, central idea, name- Your comments are welcome always. Please never takes away address them to: Charlie:Martin, R.R. 3, Box 182, be:in love does not mean to hold the same opi- Rockport, Ind. 47635. nions, think the same thoughts or share every in- Copyright (c) 1989 by NC News Service I I I Ii i i i i lu u i i ul i ul i i ii i I ii i i Surprises are in store at 61st Academy Awards By JUDITH TROJAN USCC Dept. of Communication NEW ?ORK {NC) -- There are sure to Le big surprises at this year's Academy Awards. The 61st annual presentation will be telecast live from Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 29, beginn- ing at 9 p.m. EST on ABC. With the exception of the cur- rent box office hit and top Oscar contender, "Rain Man," the race for the gold statuettes is wide open. This uncertainty should inject the Oscar broad- cast with a welcome dose of suspense. Another plus should be the addition of Marvin Hamlisch as musical director. The Tony and Oscar-winning composer ("The Way We Were") will forgo the usual endless best song numbers and replacing them with original material to showcase film talent. With eight nominations under its belt, "Rain Man," the saga of a brash young man's trek cross-country with his autistic brother, is the favorite to win in the best picture category. Its chief competition comes from "Mississippi Burn- ing," Alan Parker's fictionaliz- ed version of three 1964 civil rights slayings, although the controversy surrounding the film's distortion of facts in the case may work against its winn- ing. If votes are split between these top films, the door is wide open for the delightful comedy "Working Girl" or the riveting costume drama "Dangerous Liaisons." My personal choice for best picture is "The Accidental Turist," a beautifully rendered character study based on Anne Tyler's best-selling novel about a travel writer struggling to cope with the death of his son and the disintegration of his marriage. Best director is a tossup bet- ween Barry Levinson for "Rain Man" and Alan Parker for "Mississippi Burning." Despite Parker's critics, his work is far superior to Levin- son's here. Mike Nichols did a superb job on "Working Girl" and could win a sentimental victory for his body of work. Other contenders are 78-year- old British director Charles Crichton for the irreverent farce, "A Fish Called Wanda" and Martin Scorsese in the "Oh, Please" category for "The Last Temptation of Christ." Dustin Hoffman is a shoo-in as best actor for his well- researched portrait of autistic savant Raymond Babbitt in "Rain Man." Frankly, all the nominees are winners in my book. Gene Hackman's stirring performance as hard-nosed FBI agent Anderson in "Mississippi Burning" probably stands the only chance of toppling Hoff- man. Hackman and Tom Hanks, as a wide-eyed 13-year- old in "Big," are my personal favorites. Also nominated are Edward James Olmos for his tenure as a dynamic inner-city math teacher in "Stand and Deliver," and Max Von Sydow as the aged Swedish father in the Danish film, "Pelle the Con- queror." The best actress race is tight this year, but Glenn Close deserves the Oscar hands down for her mesmerizing perfor- mance as a scheming marquise in "Dangerous Liaisons." The fact that Miss Close lost last year's best actress award for her popular performance in "Fatal Attraction," and has been nominated for her roles in five out of eight films to date may win her sympathy votes as well. The next best bet will be Jodie Foster as the tough-talking rape victim in "The Accused." Melanie Griffith is a delight in "Working Girl," but she's too new at the Oscar game to see results this year. Meryl Streep's performance in "A Cry in the Dark" was intense but a role too unpleasant to pull many Oscar votes. And Sigourney Weaver's stirring turn as Dian Fossey in "Gorillas in the Mist" may also suffer due to Ms. Fossey's lack of appeal. Miss Weaver may have a good chance of copping the best supporting actress award for "Working Girl," in which she steals the show as Melanie Grif- fith's conniving yuppie boss. Her biggest competition will come from Michelle Pfeiffer, who gets my vote for her touching performance as the virtuous Madame de Tourvel in "Dangerous Liaisons." The favored nominee in this race, however, is Geena Davis, who is riotous as an eccentric dog trainer in "The Accidental Tourist." Other nominees are Joan Cusack as a gum-snapping secretary in "Working Girl" and Frances McDormand in "Mississippi Burning." Veteran Alec Guinness is a top candidate to nab the best supporting actor award for the monumental Dickens' adapta- tion, "Little Dorrit." Although few have seen this hours-long film, Guinness may win for his venerable body of work. The respected British actor previously won best actor for "The Bridge on the River Kwai," and received an honorary Oscar in 1979. Other nominees include Dean Stockwell as a perfectly slimy mob boss in "Married to the Mob" and Kevin Kline as a wacky small-time hood in "A Fish Called Wanda." But the best supporting.performance by far is young River Phoenix, who does a touching job as the son of anti-Vietnam War activists lie- The Oscar, the entertainment industry's most coveted honor, will be awarded to the year's most outstanding motion pictures and stars during"The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation." -- (c) 1987 Copyright Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. ing on the lain in "Running on Empty." Also nominated in this category is TV favorite Mar- tin Landau in "Tucker: The Man and His Dream." The best foreign film is the sweeping Danish entry "Pelle the Conqueror," about a boy and his father forging a new life in rural turn-of-the-century Shelton's offbeat "Bull Durham." Best adapted screenplay could go to Frank Galati and Lawrence Kasdan for "The Ac- cidental Tourist" or to Jean- Claude Carriere and Philip Kanfman for their sweeping adaptation of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being." Denmark. [ [ Best original screenplay will [ Plea onize be a tossup between Gary Ross' 00patr and Anne Spielberg's magical Message advertisers! script for "Big" and Ron