Are this year’s Oscars jinxed? Given the mishaps and misfortunes that have befallen the Academy this season, it would certainly seem so.
Are this year’s Oscars jinxed? Given the mishaps and misfortunes
that have befallen the Academy this season, it would certainly seem
It all started earlier this month, when 4,200 ballots intended for
California-based Academy members were diverted to a US Postal Service
third-class processing center. Next came word that pesky reporters from
The Wall Street Journal were trying to predict voting patterns by
surreptitiously polling Academy members. Finally, on March 16, Academy
officials sheepishly announced that several boxes of Oscar statuettes
were ’apparently stolen’ from a loading dock of Roadway Express, a
shipping company near Los Angeles.
But last Monday, the saga had - what else? - a happy Hollywood
Fifty-two of the 55 missing statuettes were found in a grocery store
dumpster Sunday night by local rummager Willie Fulgear, and the LAPD has
two suspects in custody. Alas, it’s unlikely the little gold men will
make it to the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday night - they are being held
as evidence by the police.
The Associated Press reported that Fulgear hadn’t even known the Oscars
were missing. ’I’ve got more Oscars than any of the movie stars,’ he
quipped upon making his discovery known to a local TV station. It’s
still unclear if the 61-year-old, who claims that he was looking for
empty boxes, will receive the dollars 50,000 reward that was offered by
Railway Express when the statuettes first disappeared on March 10.
If you think all this sounds like the plot of a screwball comedy, you’re
not the only one. At a press conference held last Monday afternoon,
Academy president Robert Rehme hoisted a collection of the recovered
Oscars overhead as a sign of victory and proclaimed, ’The show will go
Rehme also joked that the episode had given returning host Billy Crystal
scads of new material that is sure to make its way onto the
’I’m not sure what Billy is going to do,’ said Rehme. ’But it’s going to
be very, very funny.’
Insiders at the Academy admit that the events leading up to the big
night have caused more headaches than hype. ’I don’t think any of us
anticipated having to deal with all of these issues,’ one staffer said.
’It’s been crazier than usual this year, and there are more than a few
of us who work here who are just waiting for Sunday to be over.’
As for the still-missing three Oscars? ’I wouldn’t be surprised if they
turned up at some theme restaurant,’ the staffer joked. ’These days, it
seems as if the whole world has gone Oscar mad.’