Show Business: Hollywood's Revenge

Hollywood has never forgiven TV for taking away most of its audience and its income, and every year it exacts a kind of Montezuma's revenge with perhaps the worst TV special of the season—the Academy Awards. This year's show should satisfy all the movie industry's grievances, past, present and future. If anything went right, the faithful TV cameras did not record it.

The pattern of failure was established during the first five minutes when Charlton Heston, the first of four hosts, failed to show up. Clint Eastwood, looking as if someone had pushed him from the wings, took Heston's place—and immediately ran...

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