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Hollywood outcasts

Hollywood outcasts — Why Woody Allen, Kim Basinger, Spike Lee, and others are struggling for Oscar affection

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If it’s so well made, how come Malcolm X didn’t win lots of Oscars? Maybe Spike’s right: Hollywood hates him. If so, Lee is only the most conspicuous of a crop of directors and actors currently on the outs in Tinseltown.

WOODY ALLEN
His problem: The Soon-Yi scandal.
How has it hurt? Its release bumped up to cash in on the scandal, Husbands and Wives bombed.
Now what? Manhattan Murder Mystery, due Aug. 18, will tell.

KIM BASINGER
Her problem: Her misbehavior on the set of 1991’s The Marrying Man caused many in Hollywood to applaud the $8.9 million Boxing Helena decision against her.
How has it hurt? Recently, she gave her best performance in the Helena court appearances — more memorable than her Cool World and Final Analysis roles.
Now what? She reportedly behaved better on the set of The Getaway, due next year.

SPIKE LEE
His problem: Has he ever said a nice word about Hollywood?
How has it hurt? Malcolm X received only two Oscar nominations.
Now what? He is currently shooting Crooklyn, N.Y.

VANESSA REDGRAVE
Her problem: That infamous 1978 ”Zionist hoodlums” Oscar speech.
How has it hurt? Okay, she was nominated this year for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Howards End, but she didn’t have a prayer.
Now what? Continues to be in demand, proving that she really doesn’t need Hollywood.

BARBRA STREISAND
Her problem: She’s too ”demanding.” In other words, she is a woman in a boys’ town.
How has it hurt? She was overlooked as Best Director for The Prince of Tides, while the film got seven nominations.
Now what? She may get that Oscar yet: She plans to direct the AIDS drama The Normal Heart.

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