Show Business: Eight Cheers for the Music Man

It's mostly Mozart, as AMADEUS sweeps the Oscars

For years people have been saying that the Academy Awards ceremony is the dullest, as well as the longest, show on earth. This year the producers took note. Faced with tumbling TV ratings, they trimmed the production to a svelte 3 hr. 9 min. (37 minutes less than 1984), banned long speeches and jazzed up the musical numbers. As a result, they met half their goal: this year's ceremony was not one of the world's longest shows. But except for the introduction of a beguiling elephant--symbol of A Passage to India --it was still one of the most boring. The ratings...

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