Show Business: Hackman Connection

It was the year of the Tramp in the Academy Awards. With the little fellow's creator, Charlie Chaplin, on hand for his honorary Oscar, the rest of the usual inanity was almost bearable. In its professional judgments, the Academy showed an unforgivable lapse: neither John Schlesinger's Sunday Bloody Sunday nor Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange collected a single Oscar. The acting awards, on the other hand, were highly plausible. Most striking was Jane Fonda's citation as Best Actress for her portrayal of a call girl in Klute, showing that Hollywood is no longer totally hysterical about off-screen ventures in radical politics....

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