Show Business: Cloudcuckooland for the Oscars

The most eloquent message from last week's 48th Academy Awards went by hand. It said: "Thank you for teaching me to have a dream. You are seeing my dream come true." Louise Fletcher, who had just won an Oscar for Best Actress of the Year, was passing along the good news in sign language to her deaf parents watching television in Birmingham, conscribing the words, etching the phrases, with smooth movements of arms and hands, as tears edged down her cheeks.

Fletcher's acceptance was the third stage of a five-way sweep for One Flew...