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Do the Oscars recognize the best of the best that moviemaking has to offer? Or has the big show deteriorated to a prime-time patina of self-congratulation and shallow glitz? Check out this week's cover story beginning on page 16.

click to enlarge Diane Polzin-Shaul  Downtown -  - Retired teacher   What's the best movie - that doesn't stand a chance of winning? - Hotel Rwanda because it's so political, - even though it's a great story. -  - What'll win that doesn't deserve to? - Shark's - Tale. -  - When was the last time you watched the - Oscars? About three years ago -- [then] I found - out how - votes can be bought by wining and dining the people - who do the voting. -  - What's the silliest Oscar moment? Sally - Fields - saying, "You like me! You really like me!" -  - If the Golden Age of movies is passed, what era - are - we in now? I don't want to say the Dark Ages, - because there's a good movie every now and then. - But I - do tend to watch foreign films most. -  - Who would you like to see streak at the Oscars? Den-zel Wash-ing-ton!
  • Diane Polzin-Shaul
    Downtown

    Retired teacher

    What's the best movie that doesn't stand a chance of winning? Hotel Rwanda because it's so political, even though it's a great story.

    What'll win that doesn't deserve to? Shark's Tale.

    When was the last time you watched the Oscars? About three years ago -- [then] I found out how votes can be bought by wining and dining the people who do the voting.

    What's the silliest Oscar moment? Sally Fields saying, "You like me! You really like me!"

    If the Golden Age of movies is passed, what era are we in now? I don't want to say the Dark Ages, because there's a good movie every now and then. But I do tend to watch foreign films most.

    Who would you like to see streak at the Oscars? Den-zel Wash-ing-ton!

click to enlarge Bill Fuller   Circle and Platte -  - U-Haul employee  - What's the best - movie that won't win? The King Arthur movie that - just came out. Movies that should win that make the - most money and that the people like to go see, but you - don't usually see that. -  - What's going to win that shouldn't? One that - gets the most political lobbying inside the system. -  - How would you characterize the present era of - moviemaking? Super-hype. It's all big budgets - and - special effects, not acting. -  - When was the last time you watched the - Oscars? Back in the '80s.  -  - Who would you like to see streak this year? - Steven - Spielberg.
  • Bill Fuller
    Circle and Platte

    U-Haul employee

    What's the best movie that won't win? The King Arthur movie that just came out. Movies that should win that make the most money and that the people like to go see, but you don't usually see that.

    What's going to win that shouldn't? One that gets the most political lobbying inside the system.

    How would you characterize the present era of moviemaking? Super-hype. It's all big budgets and special effects, not acting.

    When was the last time you watched the Oscars? Back in the '80s.

    Who would you like to see streak this year? Steven Spielberg.

click to enlarge Ann Karsh - Cedar Heights -  - Human resources consultant   What - really - good movie doesn't stand a chance? Hotel - Rwanda because it puts the U.S. in such - a - controversial light about how we ignore genocide in - African countries. -  - What movie is going to win that shouldn't? - The Aviator. It's more marketing than - substance. -  - What's the most memorable moment in the - Oscars? -  When my brother won an Oscar for Best Sound - Effects in The Terminator. He's also done the - sound effects for Hotel Rwanda and Million - Dollar Baby. He's Tom Johnson, and he's up for - an - Oscar this year, too, for Polar Express. -  - Are you going to watch the Oscars this year? - Of course -- my brother's up for one. But I'm hoping to - attend in person because Oprah is having this contest - where she's going to take the three people who have - the - best reasons to go. I entered, and my reason is that - my - brother is up for an Oscar again this year and I haven't - seen him in 16 years because he lives in Ireland. -  - Who would you most like to streak at the - Oscars? My shy and introverted brother.
  • Ann Karsh
    Cedar Heights

    Human resources consultant

    What really good movie doesn't stand a chance? Hotel Rwanda because it puts the U.S. in such a controversial light about how we ignore genocide in African countries.

    What movie is going to win that shouldn't? The Aviator. It's more marketing than substance.

    What's the most memorable moment in the Oscars? When my brother won an Oscar for Best Sound Effects in The Terminator. He's also done the sound effects for Hotel Rwanda and Million Dollar Baby. He's Tom Johnson, and he's up for an Oscar this year, too, for Polar Express.

    Are you going to watch the Oscars this year? Of course -- my brother's up for one. But I'm hoping to attend in person because Oprah is having this contest where she's going to take the three people who have the best reasons to go. I entered, and my reason is that my brother is up for an Oscar again this year and I haven't seen him in 16 years because he lives in Ireland.

    Who would you most like to streak at the Oscars? My shy and introverted brother.

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