Film

And the Winner Is . . .

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At its 71st annual awards this Sunday, the Academy will offer hours of nail-biting fun, with a trio of WW II epics and a pair of Elizabethan period pieces duking it out. Who gets your Oscar?






Dark

Age: Let’s leave that blank.

Resides: South Bronx

Occupation: Administrative assistant

Best movie you saw last year? Beloved. Toni
Morrison is one of my favorite writers. When they usually make a movie out of a book, it’s a fiasco, but they stuck to the book pretty good.

Who should win an honorary Oscar? Spike Lee.
I know he says he really doesn’t care, but his work is deserving and he’s been ignored by
the Academy.

What other category should there be? Best
unconcerned for the Academy Award. And Spike would win.








Peter Nagelvoort

Age: 40

Resides: Portland,
Oregon

Occupation: Bookseller

Best movie you saw last year? Saving
Private Ryan
. I was
surprised how good
it was because I’m
not a big Spielberg fan.

Who should win an honorary Oscar?
Jeff Bridges.

What other category should there be? Best bloodiest film. Or how about best ironically bloody film, like A Simple Plan? And then
one for gratuitous violence, like being chopped up in the kitchen or something.





Mustafa Mutabaruka

Age: 31

Resides: Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

Occupation:
Bartender/writer

Best movie you saw last year? I liked Ma Vie en rose. I liked it for the
reason that I like any good movie, it told a story I hadn’t heard.

Who should win an honorary Oscar?
Jeanne Moreau.

What other category should there be? A couple years ago, Cronenberg got an award at
Cannes for audacity with his movie Crash.
It was audacious, original. They should have that at the Oscars.






Vivek Sharma

Age: 28

Resides: Park Slope, Brooklyn

Occupation: Grad student

Best movie you saw last year? Queen Margot. It’s French. It was fabulous. The reconstruction of historical detail.

Who should win an honorary Oscar?
Kubrick. Wim Wenders. Peter Greenaway.

What other category should there be? I never
actually watch the Oscars. Part of it is because I don’t own a TV. But even if I did, it’s not
terribly interesting.






Jennifer Bowen

Age: 20

Resides: Financial
District

Occupation: Student

Best movie you saw last year? Life Is Beautiful. It was emotionally powerful without being manipulative like Titanic.

Who should win an honorary Oscar? Atom Egoyan, who did The Sweet Hereafter.

What other category should there be? They should do it the way the Golden Globes are, separate drama and comedy, because I don’t think Gwyneth Paltrow should win.










Abraham Cousar

Age: 33

Resides: Brownsville

Occupation: Messenger

Best movie you saw last year? Titanic. I think
it should win the
Oscar again.

Who should win an honorary Oscar?
Danny Glover.

What other category should there be? Best rap music in a movie.






Phyllis Krasilovsky

Age: Over 60

Resides: Turtle Bay

Occupation: Writer

Best movie you saw last year? Buffalo 66. It was original.

Who should win an honorary Oscar? I guess I’d have to say Nick Nolte. He’s very riveting. I know he’s nominated this year, but I don’t think he’s going to get it.

What other category should there be? Most original personality. Because everyone is
seeming more alike these days. There aren’t any movie stars anymore.











Fausta Fabris

Age: 23

Resides: Inwood

Occupation:
Unemployed

Best movie you saw last year? Gummo. Was that last year? Anyway, I
really liked it. There
was a character, a little boy in a bunny hat. It was really cute.

Who should win an honorary Oscar? I like Tim Burton. I think I could be friends with him, his sense of humor, I can understand him.

What other category should there be? Best
independent movie.

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