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Oscar Wild

Thank you for putting the stars of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on the cover (”Fighting Chances”). Michelle Yeoh’s prowess and beauty are worth the wait in line. And Zhang Ziyi’s performance is stunning. This movie belongs to the women.
KATHLEEN PALMER
Santa Cruz, Calif.

Your Oscar story was another excellent overview. But where’s Elaine May?
R. RICHARD WILLIAMS
La Grange, Ill.

What about Almost Famous‘ Patrick Fugit? His performance made the film.
MERIDETH POWER
Quincy, Mass.

What about Gary Oldman for best Supporting Actor for The Contender?
MARY BETH MARINO
Farmington Hills, Mich.

‘Dream’ Analysis

I was touched and haunted by David Browne’s Dream Brother excerpt (”Last Goodbye”). It seemed to give a bit of closure to me as a longtime Jeff Buckley fan.
JOE BELEZNAY
mojopinn@yahoo.com
Fairfield, Conn.

As Jeff Buckley’s tour manager, I didn’t participate in any interviews with David Browne [for] Dream Brother. Based on the EW excerpt, readers may construe that certain inner thoughts and feelings described in the story might be my own, but such content was not derived from [me], and are the interpretations of others and the conclusions of the author. Though I find Browne to be a very astute, thorough, and likable person, having helped verify items for his book over a period of three years, I refused all interviews regarding Jeff, based on a strong personal sentiment of privacy and respect for my departed friend.
GENE BOWEN
New York City

CLARIFICATION: The phone number 1-800-Be-a-Star, which appeared in our #579/580 lead Music review, was once used to audition singers for Dream. That number has since been reassigned.

CORRECTION: ‘N Sync does promotion for McDonald’s, not Burger King (Music).

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Movie buffs applauded our annual Oscar preview (#577, Jan. 12), even if their favorite performers weren’t tapped to vie for the gold this year. ”As usual, EW’s picks for likely Oscar nominees appear to be accurate,” says Richard Salatiello of Washington, D.C., adding that ”it’s a shame Sanaa Lathan is not being remembered for Love & Basketball.” And Elaine Benken of Indianapolis just wants to actually see the limited-release flicks before entering her office Oscar pool. ”I fail to see the value of telling us that movies are great if we are not allowed to participate in the experience of them. Thank God for DVDs!”

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