Jones on Jackson: Oscar show producer Quincy Jones said at a press conference outside the Academy Awards site at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Sunday that he would wear a multicolored ribbon to the Oscars to demonstrate support for the efforts of the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his Rainbow Coalition. Jackson is seeking to force the motion picture industry to provide more opportunities for African Americans and is also rallying against the lack of black Academy Award nominees at the Oscars. Although Jones agreed with the main themes behind the protest, planned to be staged at ABC network affiliates in major markets across the country this afternoon and evening, he said that the Academy Awards is not the appropriate forum for such a demonstration. "Why should the movie business be different from anything else in America?" Jones said. "It's a problem that permeates everything in the country. . . . Every facet of America discriminates."
The Anti-Oscars: "Showgirls" was the most dishonored film of 1995, sweeping the 16th annual Razzie Awards, the antithesis of the Oscars and spoof of awards shows held Sunday at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The striptease movie was the biggest winner in Razzie history, taking seven honors including worst picture, worst director for Paul Verhoeven and worst actress and worst new star for Elizabeth Berkley. The Joe Eszterhas Dis-Honorarial Worst Screenplay Award went to its namesake, Eszterhas himself, who wrote "Showgirls." While most studios don't celebrate the Razzies with the same enthusiasm as, say, the Oscars, MGM/UA, in the process of trying to repackage "Showgirls" as a camp midnight film, worked alongside the Razzies to help promote the film, according to Razzie founder John Wilson. Other winners: Pauly Shore, worst actor for "Jury Duty"; "The Scarlett Letter," worst remake; and Dennis Hopper, worst supporting actor for "Waterworld." The awards are voted on by the members of the Golden Raspberry Foundation, composed of film professionals, journalists and movie fans, Wilson said.
Oscars 'Round the World: Broadcasters in a record 86 countries and territories have signed on to carry tonight's Oscar telecast live via satellite. This includes such remote locales as Algeria, Bahrain, the Cook Islands, Croatia, Qatar, Tunisia, Western Samoa and Yemen. Another 23 locations will carry the entire broadcast at a later hour. In addition, an edited, 90-minute international version of the awards will be prepared overnight for other markets.
Swine Time: Whether it wins or loses in tonight's best picture competition, "Babe," about the little pig that could, will be screened at the American Film Institute Wednesday night as part of the "Directors on Directing" series. The film's Oscar-nominated director, Chris Noonan, will speak after the 6:30 p.m. showing. Tickets are $20.