New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Art wins over money in Oscar nominations
BEVERLY HIIJjS. Calif. (AP* -Tho Oscar nominations are in and Sir David I-can says the selection of his film, “A Passage To India.” for ll nominations signals a triumph of artistic integrity over financial concerns
•What's so wonderful about it is that we had the greatest difficulty in making the film," he said from london "Nobody wanted to back it. It's a terrific triumph over the money people that we’ve come through on the artistic side."
Another sign that Academy voters ignored box office receipts was the short shrift they gave "Ghost-busters," the year's top-grossing movie, but nominated only for original song and visual effects. “Beverly Hills Cop." the hottest-selling film at year’s end, took only one nomination, for its screenplay.
I-can. a 76-year-old past Oscar winner who returned to filmmaking after a 14-year absence, was nominated as director, writer and editor of "A Passage to India," the sweeping saga which dramatized EM. Forster’s novel of Indian-British tensions in the 1920s.
The only other movie to gamer as many nominations Wednesday was “.Amadeus." the majestic adaptation of Peter Shaffer's play about the consuming jealousy of a minor composer over the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Three other powerful dramas were among the five nominees for best picture of 1964: “The Killing Fields." which took seven nominations in all; “Places in the Heart," with seven and “A Soldier's Story." with three The most excited nominee was Haing S. Ngor. a Cambodian doctor who catapulted from anonymity to stardom as the reporter’s assistant in “The Killing Fields." He was nominated for best supporting actor "I just got the news!" exclaimed Ngor at the Chinatown Service Center where he counsels other refugees. "I laughing all the time."
"I like acting." said Ngor. a refugee whose own escape from Cambodia was as harrowing as the one in the film “It is happy life in movies."
The category of best supporting actor presents Academy voters with a tough choice. Resides Ngor. there
Deaf actress to appear on 'Gimme A Break'
L(XS ANGELES (AP) - Phyllis Frelich, a Tony award-winning deaf actress who makes a guest appearance on NBC's “Gimme a Break,” makes the point that nobody is more realistic in a deaf role in movies and television than a deaf performer.
"We should at least he allowed to audition for the roles," she said. “Nobody has to promise that we will win them, just let us try. There have been projects where we weren’t even allowed to audition, and tile roles went to non-deaf actors....
"People are afraid to work with us, As a result, deaf people have been portrayed wrongly most of the time when non-deaf people play the parts," she continued. "Anytime I turn on the TV and see someone who’s supposed to be deaf I can instantly UMI whether the person is actually deaf, just by the way they move their hands."
Miss Frelich, a fierce advocate of the rights of deaf people, communicated in an interview using sign language translated by her husband, Bob Steinberg, an actor and scenic designer. She does not speak, although she said she sometimes yells at her children.
We've come a long way," said Miss Frelich, who helped found the
National Theater of the Deaf. "People are learning, but ifs very slow. There are some deaf writers and deaf directors, but they are very new.
"We are limited to non-speaking roles. Like The Fantasticks ’ I played the role of the mute. But we’ve seen black ‘Hamlets,’ so why not a deaf ‘Hedda Gabbler?”'
Miss Frelich won a Tony as best actress in 1980 for “Children of a lesser God," which was written for her by playwright Mark Med off He also wrote “In the Hands of Its Enemy" for her. She just completed a highly acclaimed run of the play in I/is Angeles, starring with Richard Dreyfuss It is expected to move to london later this year.
She will make her first television appearance in an episode of "Gimme a Break" that NIU' will broadcast Saturday.
In the show, she and series star Nell Carter are temporarily trapped in a library basement during an earthquake. 'Die story is alniut how they learn to communicate. Miss Carter does riot read signs and Miss Frelich plays a Hispanic who does not speak English, so they cannot write notes and she cannot read Miss Carter’s lips.
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