America’s sweetheart hit a sour note at the Oscars and so did we for including Denzel Washington cheerleader Julia Roberts on our cover (#647, April 5). ”I can always count on you guys when it comes to Hollywood’s Big Night,” writes Jason Wallis of Lodi, Calif. ”However, my excitement was hampered [by] Julia’s mug on the cover. [With her] fawning over Washington, was it even possible to get a shot of the actor by himself?” Marcia McCarthy of Oswego, Ill., was also miffed. ”You should have cropped Julia out of your cover shot. She acted like a shameless beauty pageant winner who couldn’t relinquish her crown.” Finally, Louis Marroquin from Arlington, Tex., chided us for choosing Roberts’ pic over another Oscar winner’s: ”Jim Broadbent was nowhere to be seen on your cover. I like Julia as much as the next guy, but really, this wasn’t her night to shine!” Apparently so.

Oscar Wild due to a power outage at my house, I was glad to see EW’s humorous, sarcastic Oscar summary. Carroll O’Connor won the ”Death Montage Applause-o-Meter”? ”Whoop-dee-doo, whoop-dee-doo,” as Archie Bunker would say. Feel free to give yourselves a ”Best Summary of the Oscars” award. GLORIA DIAZ Fort Wayne, Ind.

I too was overjoyed that Halle Berry won Best Actress. Here is a woman who has endured racial bullying and physical abuse. She has fought to convince directors she could be the characters in their movies. To go from plans of suicide to Best Actress must be quite an overwhelming experience. Good for her.
Edmond, Okla.

Remember when we were all going to have this newfound sense of perspective on life — what’s important, what’s not, what really matters, what doesn’t — after the horrors of Sept. 11? Apparently Halle Berry doesn’t. Congratulations, Halle, but for the love of Rosa Parks, it’s an Oscar.
Napa, Calif.

Words cannot describe the sheer enjoyment I received from your Oscar issue. I’m very enthusiastic about Denzel and Halle’s history-making evening, but when are Latinos going to get the recognition we deserve? The real Alicia Nash is Latina, but there is no mention of her El Salvadoran roots anywhere in A Beautiful Mind.
Mesa, Ariz.

Thank you for printing yet another photo of Denzel Washington and his appendage, Julia Roberts. I was hard-pressed to find a single photo that featured the actor by himself or with his wife. What a pathetic, overzealous, laughing hyena Julia was, clinging to Washington and glomming his recognition. Show some class, Julia, for goodness’ sakes! BARBARA BLOOM DOMENICO Boca Raton, Fla.

Yes, we African Americans made history Oscar night. The remarkable Sidney Poitier got an honorary Oscar. Denzel Washington followed him as the second black man to be voted Best Actor. Halle Berry became the first black woman to win the Best Actress award, and Stevie Wonder must have done Gwyneth Paltrow’s dress and makeup.
New York City