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Prelude to the Oscars : Awards: The nominees and other party-goers had another race to contend with--going from a publicists' luncheon to a Scorsese tribute to the independent filmmakers awards.


Ralph said she had one time been interviewed by a top studio executive who asked her: "What do I do with a pretty talented black girl. . . . What do I do? Do I team you up with Tom Cruise? Do you kiss? Who goes to see the movie? He didn't say much more, except he wished me luck in my career.

"Well," she paused to stare at the audience, "I'm happy to say that I fought those odds and I do have a career. Thank you very much."

Earlier, Costner, introduced by Jim Wilson, his longtime partner and co-producer of the Oscar-nominated "Dances With Wolves," delivered a speech exhorting independent filmmakers to buck the odds and to "love the work."

The winners of the Independent Feature Project/West Spirit Awards for 1990:

Best feature film: "The Grifters," produced by Martin Scorsese, Robert Harris, and James Painten; directed by Stephen Frears; distributor, Miramax Films.

First feature film (for first-time director): "Metropolitan," produced and directed by Whit Stillman; distributor, New Line.

Director: Charles Burnett, "To Sleep With Anger"; distributor, Samuel Goldwyn Co.

Screenplay: Charles Burnett, "To Sleep With Anger."

Cinematography: Fred Elmes, "Wild at Heart"; distributor, Samuel Goldwyn Co.

Actor: Danny Glover, "To Sleep With Anger."

Actress: Anjelica Huston, "The Grifters."

Supporting actor: Bruce Davison, "Longtime Companion"; distributor, Samuel Goldwyn Co.

Supporting actress: Sheryl Lee Ralph, "To Sleep With Anger."

Foreign film: "Sweetie," from Australia; director Jane Campion; distributor, Avenue Pictures. Reel of Gold Award: Alpha Cine Laboratory, Inc.

Friend of Independents Awards: Sovereign Pictures, Inc.; Eastman Kodak Co.

John Cassavetes Awards: director Jon Jost; producer Ed Pressman.

Award of Distinction: Jim Wilson and Kevin Costner, co-producers of "Dances With Wolves."


Following is a short rundown of tonight's Oscarcast, which begins at 6 p.m. on ABC. It is subject to change.

Introduction: Academy President Karl Malden

Satellite remote: Michael Caine in Paris introduces historic film.

Opening production number: features Jasmine Guy and Steve LaChance

Introduction: Billy Crystal

* Best supporting actress award

Presented by Denzel Washington

* Best sound award

Presented by Dianne Wiest

"Ghost" best picture clip introduced by Jack Lemmon

* Best makeup award

Presented by Ann Archer

Madonna performs best original song nominee "Sooner or Later" from "Dick Tracy"

* Best supporting actor award

Presented by Brenda Fricker

* Live-action short film award

Presented by Martin Short and Chevy Chase

* Animated short film award

Presented by Martin Short, Chevy Chase and Woody Woodpecker

* Honorary award to Myrna Loy

Presented by Anjelica Huston

Macaulay Culkin introduces historic film

Performance of best original song nominee introduced by Macaulay Culkin

"Somewhere in My Memory" from "Home Alone" performed by a children's choir

* Best costume design award

Presented by Annette Bening

* Sci/tech awards introduced by Geena Davis

"GoodFellas" best picture clip introduced by Danny Aiello

Billy Crystal introduces historic film

* Best visual effects award

Presented by Jack Valenti

* Irving Thalberg Award to Richard Zanuck and David Brown

Presented by Michael Douglas

Performance of best original score production number, introduced by Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger

* Best original score award

Presented by Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger

* Film editing award

Presented by Danny Glover and Kevin Kline

Performance of best original song nominee introduced by Meryl Streep

"I'm Checkin' Out" from "Postcards From the Edge," performed by Reba McEntire

* Best art direction award

Presented by Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon

Bob Hope introduces historic film

* Documentary/feature length award

Presented by Phoebe Cates and Ron Silver

* Documentary/short subject award

Presented by Phoebe Cates and Ron Silver

"Dances With Wolves" best picture clip introduced by Robert De Niro

* Sound effects editing award

Presented by Andy Garcia and Whoopi Goldberg

Performance of original song nominee introduced by Christian Slater

"Blaze Of Glory" from "Young Guns II," performed by Jon Bon Jovi

* Best cinematography award

Presented by Glenn Close

* Best foreign-language film award

Presented by Dustin Hoffman

* Best original screenplay award

Presented by Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins

* Best screenplay adaptation award

Presented by Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins

"Awakenings" best picture clip introduced by Debra Winger

* Honorary award to Sophia Loren

Presented by Gregory Peck

Performance of original song nominee introduced by Billy Crystal

"Promise Me You'll Remember" from "The Godfather Part III"

* Best original song award

Presented by Ann-Margret and Gregory Hines

* Best actress award

Presented by Daniel Day-Lewis

* Best actor award

Presented by Jessica Tandy

"The Godfather Part III" best picture clip introduced by Jeff Bridges

* Best director award

Presented by Tom Cruise

* Best picture award

Presented by Barbra Streisand

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