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    The Academy Awards and My Favorite Picks

    Did you guys happen to see the Academy Awards? It aired on ABC February 29th. (As Billy Crystal said, “It started in February and ended in March.”) It was a great show, and I’m happy to report, except for brief naps during the beginning, I managed to stay awake for the whole show.

    I was intrigued that Lord of the Rings, which was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, won every single one. As they pointed out, no movie since Titanic and Ben Hur has won that many awards. And as Billy Crystal pointed out, it won an award for each of its endings.

    You need to know I’m not a big fantasy buff. In fact, I never saw the movie. And even after it won all those awards, I’m still not interested in seeing it. I did see Mystic River, for which Sean Penn won best actor award. And I can’t say I was all that thrilled with the movie. Herman agrees with me on that one, though not on the Rings movie.

    Maybe as I get older I’m more particular and even biased in what I like. Mystic River was just too dark for my taste. While The Lord of the Rings is not reality based and has aspects of action movies, which I also don’t care for.

    I need to make an announcement off the subject of the Academy Awards. In eight days I will be turning 44. Did I ever mention to you guys that Terry, my aide, and I share the same birthday? Last year we started a tradition of going out to dinner for our birthdays and we are going to continue it this year as well. Terry will be 42 this year.

    Since this column is appearing on 4-4-04, I should probably tell you guys that 4 is my very favorite number, so I don’t look at 44 as a bad birthday. I’m finding that as I get older, I am much less inclined to spend time on things I don’t care for, and that brings us back to the Academy Awards. I absolutely love award shows; the Academy Awards being my favorite of all the award shows.

    The types of movies I go for are relationship movies. My favorite movie to date is called Baghdad Café. Which is not a romantic comedy, but more about friendship. If you get a chance, rent this movie. It will be worth your time. Some of my other favorite movies are Good Will Hunting, Jackknife, and Defending Your Life just to name a few.

    I’m not sure if there’s really any pattern among my favorite movies. It’s just what strikes me at the time and continues to hold my interest. And this year the movie that struck a chord with me was Something’s Gotta’ Give. We’ll see if it stands up to the test of time.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"