BBC News在线听附文本(2008-11-18)

发表时间:2009-01-31内容来源:VOA英语学习网

今年的奥斯卡(This Year's Oscars)

为什么一些重要的电影评论家会担心最佳外语片的选择程序在电影界会让奥斯卡变成笑料呢?在周日的奥斯卡颁奖礼上我们又期望什么呢?在上周所有被推荐的明星都已经公开。本届奥斯卡会在柯达大戏院颁发奖项,去年的获奖演员也会参加这次盛会。

[注释]
1.CRItic n. 评论家 2.unveil vt. 使公开,使公诸于众 3.notably adv. 特别地,显著地 4.for good measure 作为额外增添 5.category n. 种类 6.triumph n. 胜利,成功 7.controversy n. 争议,论争 8.submit vt. 提交,递交 9.shortlist n. 供最后挑选用的候选人名单 10.dwindle v. 缩小 11.dismay n. 沮丧 12.opponent n. 反对,者对手 13.cinematic adj. 电影的,影片的 14.documentary n. 记录片 15.undermine v. 破坏 16.credibility n. 可信性,确实性,可靠 17.panel n. 全体评审组成员 18.enlist n. 列入的名单

[积少成多]
【call attention to 唤起注意】
例句1:The bus driver broke the silence, by calling attention to a waterfall of great beauty in the rocky dell.
大客车驾驶员打破沉默,开口说话,让大家看山间壮丽的瀑布。
例句2:A question mark is used for calling attention to an item in order to question its validity or accuracy.
问号是用来引起对某一事物的注意以便质疑其有效性或准确性的。

This Year's Oscars

RAGEN DETER: You are listening to on screen from the BBC world service. I'm Ragen Deter. Coming up I'll be asking why some leading film CRItics fear that the selection procedure for the best foreign language film is making the Academy a laughing stock in world cinema. But first a reminder of what's to expect from Sunday's Oscars? And all star cast to presenters was unveiled last week. Handing out the awards the Kodak Theater would be all full of last year winners in the acting categories, Alan Arkin, Jennifer Hudson, Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker. And several stars actually up for awards themselves have also joint the rest of presenters, most notably Australian icon Cate Blanchett nominated in both supporting and best actress categories and heart flip, George Clooney, a best actor nominee. Hollywood icons Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman and Denzel Washington were also taken to the stage and just for good measure Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Colin Farrell, James McAvoy, Martin Scorsese, John Travolta and Renee Zellweger will also be calling out the victors. Now a brief reminder of the main names up for Oscar this year. In the best actor category, Daniel Day-Lewis is seen the hot favor but watch out for wild card Tommy Lee Johns In The Valley of Elah. For the best actress category, until recently British legend Julie Christie was the name on everyone's list. But after Marion Cotillard surprise triumph for the best for the La Vie En Rose no ones back on it. And for the best director they say it's a two way tussle between the Coens for No Country for the Old Men and Paul Thomas Anderson for There Will Be Blood. Plays your bets all will be revealed on Sunday.

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Now we may all have us healthy differences about who should win the best actor and best film garlands. But its best foreign language film which seems to be in the category its own when it comes controversy. This year after sixty-three countries submitted one film each, the Academy shortlist nine. The final choice was then made by the members who dwindle it down to the final five. This is the important award for foreign films especially commercially. Take last year's winner the exclaimed German entry The Lives of Others which made 80 percent of its box office return after its victory, serious business, as they say.

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This year there's dismay at the emission of the highly praised Israeli film. On the grounds that over fifty percent of the dialogue is in English. And there's even more controversy over the absence from the final shortlist over Romania's Four Months Three Weeks And Two Days, winner of the Palme d'Or in Cannes and one of the best celebrate films of last year. Now this movie is missing not because of the strict rules of Academy but some CRItics say because of the aging and out of touch selection committee. To find out more I talk to the Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan down the line from California a fierce opponent of the selection process. I'm asked him first what he thought was wrong with the current procedure.

KENNETH TURAN: Well the selection procedure has kind of gotten too far removed from what informed the worldwide cinematic opinion is. No two people would like the same group films or pick the same films. But you know basically the Academy motion pictures arts and sciences was represents the best of Hollywood and should be within haling distance at least of the rest of the world. There should be this enormous gap between what the Academy think it's a good foreign language film and what everyone else in the world thinks it's a good foreign language film.

HOST: But the procedure was changed last year after criticism and you know people will say we'll hand the main do you exactly mean the change all over again?

KENNETH TURAN: Well I'm afraid they do quite frankly and I hoped they will. You know the Academy had a similar situation more about ten, fifteen years ago on the documentary branch when a film called Hoop Dreams which is universally considered the best documentary of the year and still consider one of the best documentary in modern times was left off the list of nominees. And the Academy radically changed its system and it really made a difference and now nobody can plans for second about the document choices. And something say more to that has to be done with foreign language.

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