Show Business: Meat Parade

Hollywood never learns. Or anyway, it forgets easily. Ten years ago, George C. Scott received his second nomination for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for The Hustler. He sent a wire to the Academy and quietly declined. He still remains unimpressed by Oscars. Nominated once again, as Best Actor for his part in Patton, Scott once again dispatched a telegram.

It read in part, "I respectfully request that you withdraw my name from the list of nominees. My request is in no way intended to denigrate my colleagues. Furthermore, peculiar as it...