Cinema: The Oscars

Hollywood's ordinary state of schizophrenia produced some extraordinary symptoms last week with the 28th annual awarding of Oscars. For the third year, the tab for the festivities (upwards of $350,000) was picked up by Hollywood's dreaded rival, television. For the third year, despite all the moviemakers' feverish concentration on wider screens, lusher colors and bigger budgets, the Best Picture award went to a normal-size, black and white movie. This time it was Marty, made by Harold Hecht and Burt Lancaster for a mere $343,000—partly because they needed a flop to write off as...