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March 23, 1986|HOWARD ROSENBERG

ACADEMY AWARDS, Monday, 6 p.m. (7)(3)(10)(42)--It seems that those who hang around TV long enough ultimately pick up an Emmy or two or three.

Not so for the Oscars, which is one reason the annual Academy Awards telecast has far more mystique and charisma than its TV counterpart. Another reason is that movie stars still seem as inaccessible as the famous hilltop Hollywood sign, whereas even the biggest TV stars are part of America's extended family.

Why get excited about a suspenseless show featuring faces you see every night on TV and distributing awards that are repetitive from season to season and have meaning only within the industry? You need a computer to tabulate the Emmys won by "Hill Street Blues," for example, and black coffee to have stayed awake while they were handed out.

The Oscars are another matter, offering America a small screen full of such bigger-than-life nominees as Jack Nicholson, Harrison Ford and Meryl Streep.

Robin Williams, Jane Fonda and Alan Alda are co-hosts for Monday's 58th Oscar awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center. Stanley Donen is producing the live program, and Marty Pasetta is directing for the 15th consecutive year.

In the controversy category, don't be surprised if someone makes an unscripted statement in support of "The Color Purple" director Steven Spielberg, who was snubbed this year even though his film received oodles of nominations.

And pray for a streaker.

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