Hooray for Hollywood?

03.23.2003

It’s been described as the Nobel Prize of motion pictures: the coveted Academy Award.  One billion people around the world watch the Oscars on TV every year.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the history and politics of the Academy Awards.  Is Oscar a white man’s award?  Also, Don Lafonataine – he’s “The King of the Movie Trailer Voice-Overs.”

  1. Emanuel Levy on "All About Oscar"

    Film critic & scholar Emanuel Levy grew up on the movies.  In Israel they had no television and so his parents would take him to the movies once or twice a week.

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  2. Don LaFontaine on Movie Trailers

    If you’ve ever seen a movie trailer you’ve heard the voice of Don LaFontaine.  “The King of the Movie Trailer Voice-Overs” talks to Steve Paulson.

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  3. Jill and Karen Sprecher on "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing"

    Jill Sprecher is an optimist while her sister Karen is a pessimist.  Or is it the other way around?  Jill directed “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing” while Karen wrote the screenplay.

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  4. Rick Lyman on "Watching Movies"

    Rick Lyman's book “Watching Movies: The Biggest Names in Cinema Talk about the Films that Matter Most” tells of time spent with Woody Allen, Sissy Spacek, Ang Lee and others, watching other peoples’ films.

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  5. Alf Clausen on "The Simpsons' Songbook"

    Alf Clausen is the composer for the long-running animated television series “The Simpsons.”  That shows’ well-known penchant for poking fun at everything means Clausen has been asked to parody some familiar movies.

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