Fantasy vs. conspiracy

It's your call

March 30, 1992

"Beauty and the Beast" and "JFK" were neck and neck among SUNDIAL readers in balloting for best picture of 1991. "Bugsy," the choice of many film critics, was a distant also-ran in the SUNDIAL sample.

The Disney animated film, the first of its kind ever nominated for best picture, led with 124 votes, with "JFK" breathing down its neck with 122. "The Silence of the Lambs" was a close third with 119 votes.

But Barry Levinson's gangster movie "Bugsy," starring Warren Beatty, received only 30 votes, and "The Prince of Tides" picked up just 29.

In six days of SUNDIAL questions about the Oscars, ''The bTC Silence of the Lambs" fared best. Callers chose Jodie Foster as best actress, Anthony Hopkins as best actor and Jonathan Demme as best director.

Jessica Tandy ("Fried Green Tomatoes") was the callers' choice for supporting actress, and Jack Palance ("City Slickers") was an easy winner for supporting actor.

"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.

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