Show Business: History Crunches Popcorn

Gandhi captures the prize Oscars from E.T.

Americans must love the movies. Why else would they spend 3½ hours every spring watching what may be the dullest show on earth—the Oscars? But, then, they may merely like puzzles, such as this year's: Why were the musical numbers so bad? Why was the multiuntalented Peter Allen chosen to sing and dance a medley of Irving Berlin songs, when he can do neither? Or, more to the point, why was Gandhi, good as it is, chosen Best Picture over E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial, the most popular movie...

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