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January 24, 1997 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Kolya," the official Czech entry for the Oscars and the winner of the Golden Globe for best foreign language film, is a heart-tugger that teams a happy-go-lucky middle-aged Prague musician and an abandoned 6-year-old Russian boy on the eve of the "Velvet Revolution" in 1989. The beguiling Miramax release, which opens today, also teams its writer-star, Zdenek Sverak, and his director son, Jan.
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February 15, 1995 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oscar nominations are a valuable endorsement--a time-proven means of filling the seats. "An Academy Award nomination in any of four categories--best actor, best actress, best director, and most of all best picture--carries weight at the box office," observes Dick Walsh Sr., vice president of West Coast operations for AMC Theaters.
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February 15, 1995
Morgan Freeman "The Shawshank Redemption" His performance as a savvy prisoner marks Freeman's third Oscar nomination. He received a best supporting nomination for 1987's "Street Smart" and a best actor nod for 1989's "Driving Miss Daisy." He also received a Golden Globe nomination. * Tom Hanks "Forrest Gump" Hanks, who was voted best actor last year for "Philadelphia," has a chance to win back-to-back Oscars for his work in the $300-million box-office phenomenon.
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February 15, 1995 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were a person, the caring thing would be to place it under observation for signs of a seriously split personality. For though most of its members either work or have worked for the major Hollywood studios making forgettable commercial pictures, when it comes to voting, academyites tend not to respect their meal ticket.
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February 15, 1995 | ELAINE DUTKA and ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
If seven is indeed a lucky number, it could prove fortuitous for two of the biggest surprises among the Academy Award nominees. "The Shawshank Redemption"--considered a sleeper before today--and "Bullets Over Broadway"--a major comeback for Woody Allen--each garnered seven nominations. Only two other films received as many nods: "Forrest Gump" with 13, and "Pulp Fiction" also with seven.
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