- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 2, 2006

Years — or perhaps the morning — after Sunday night’s Oscar telecast, movie buffs will inevitably wish there were some kind of Milli Vanilli-esque mechanism whereby the academy could revoke what in retrospect was an undeserved award. Either for a body of post-Oscar work that doesn’t live up to the movie industry’s most illustrious honor, or for the momentary lapse of judgment, it doesn’t matter: We need a way to set the record straight.

Cuba Gooding Jr. — Show you the money? How ‘bout showing us another actor winner who squandered Oscar capital (he won for 1996’s “Jerry Maguire” over four superior competitors) more quickly than the star of “Boat Trip”?

Timothy Hutton — OK, Mr. Gooding. Maybe you’ve got a point. There’s Mr. Hutton, who earned a trophy for putting up with a frighteningly icy Mary Tyler Moore in 1980’s “Ordinary People,” later starred in “Turk 182!” and quickly went downhill from here.

Marisa Tomei — That getaway car with positraction in 1992’s “My Cousin Vinny” deserved to win an Oscar more than Miss Tomei and her ticking biological clock.

Tatum O’Neal At 10, she was the youngest-ever Oscar winner for 1973’s “Paper Moon.” Too bad she — in stark contrast to “Taxi Driver’s” Jodie Foster — turned out to be such a dud as an adult.

—Ernest Borgnine — 1955 (the year he won best actor for “Marty”) was a long time ago, but not long enough to erase the memory of the TV series “Airwolf.”

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