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for Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Hedy of Hollywood 48

Since this is an ATLAS COMICS DAY here at TOT Central and also our special ACADEMY AWARDS DAY, what better comic to commence these festivities than HEDY OF HOLLYWOOD #48 [May, 1952]?

Hedy Devine, the star of this comic, is something of a mystery to me. She seems to be an aspiring actress who appeared in short lighthearted stories in several Atlas titles. A number of online references describe her as a friend of Patsy Walker, but I thought the "Hedy" of "Patsy and Hedy" was Hedy Wolfe and, like Patsy, was a teenager for most of her comics career.

The first issue of HEDY DEVINE COMICS was #22 [August, 1947], picking up its numbering from ALL WINNERS COMICS. According to the COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE STANDARD CATALOG OF COMIC BOOKS, she's an "empty-headed society girl and would-be actress." Her writers, among them Paul S. Newman, would find excuses for her to shed her evening gowns for form-flattering swimsuits or lingerie.

HEDY DEVINE COMICS became HEDY OF HOLLYWOOD COMICS with issue #35 [February, 1950] and run to issue #50 [September, 1952]. Most of the comic book shown above was written by Stan Lee and drawn by Ed Winiarski, an artist who apparently worked in every genre that Atlas published...and that's a whole lot of genres! Judging from the cover, Ms. Devine did eventually achieve some level of success as a movie actress.

If, having read my less-than-informative comments, you're now jonesing for HEDY OF HOLLYWOOD #48, the OFFICIAL OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE figures a near-mint condition copy will run you a hundred bucks. THE STANDARD pegs it at $36.

Now, before Joan Rivers and her daughter start poking fun at Hedy, let's move on to the main event!

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ACADEMY AWARDS TONY POLLS

Oscar

In February, TONY POLLS visitors voter for the Academy Awards nominees they wanted to win the Oscar and, in the same categories, the nominees they thought would win.

Which of the nominees for VISUAL EFFECTS do you *want* to win the Oscar?

King Kong.....61.54%
Chronicles of Narnia...32.31%
War of the Worlds.....6.15%

Which nominee for VISUAL EFFECTS do you think *will" win the Oscar?

King Kong.....65.08%
Chronicles of Narnia.....23.81%
War of the Worlds.....11.11%

AND THE OSCAR WENT TO.....KING KONG.

Which of the nominees for MUSIC (SONG) do you *want* to win the Oscar?

"In the Deep" (Crash).....51.11%
"Travelin' Thru" (Transamerica).....28.29%
"It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" (Hustle & Flow).....20%

Which of the nominees for MUSIC (SONG) do you think *will* win the Oscar?

"In the Deep" (Crash).....51.16%
"Travelin' Thru" (Transamerica).....37.21%
"It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" (Hustle & Flow).....11.63%

AND THE OSCAR WENT TO....."IT'S HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP" FROM THE MOVIE HUSTLE & FLOW.

Which of the nominees for MUSIC (SCORE) do you *want* to win the Oscar?

Brokeback Mountain.....26.53%
Memoirs of a Geisha.....26.53%
Munich.....22.45%
The Constant Gardener.....12.24%
Pride & Prejudice.....12.24%

Which of the nominees for MUSIC (SCORE) do you think *will* win the Oscar?

Brokeback Mountain.....64%
Memoirs of a Geisha.....14%
Munich.....8%
Pride & Prejudice.....8%
The Constant Gardener.....6%

AND THE OSCAR WENT TO.....BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.

Which of the nominees for MAKE-UP do you *want* to win the Oscar?

Chronicles of Narnia.....55.17%
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.....29.31%
Cinderella Man.....15.29%

Which of the nominees for MAKE-UP do you think *will* win the Oscar?

Chronicles of Narnia.....50.88%
Cinderella Man.....24.56&
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.....24.56%

AND THE OSCAR WENT TO.....THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE.

Which of the nominees for COSTUME DESIGN do you *want* to win the Oscar?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.....50.77%
Memoirs of a Geisha.....30.77%
Walk the Line.....10.77%
Pride & Prejudice.....6.15%
Mrs. Henderson Presents.....1.54%

Which of the nominees for COSTUME DESIGN do you think *will* win the Oscar?

Memoirs of a Geisha.....49.18%
Pride & Prejudice.....19.67%
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.....18.03%
Walk the Line.....9.84%
Mrs. Henderson Presents.....3.28%

AND THE OSCAR WENT TO.....MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA.

Which of the nominees for CINEMATOGRAPHY do you *want* to win the Oscar?

Batman Begins.....44.74%
Good Night, and Good Luck.....17.11%
Brokeback Mountain.....14.47%
Memoirs of a Geisha.....11.84%
The New World.....11.84%

Which nominee for CINEMATOGRAPHY do you think *will* win the Oscar?

Brokeback Mountain.....59.15%
Memoirs of a Geisha.....16.90%
Good Night, and Good Luck.....12.68%
Batman Begins.....5.63%
The New World.....5.63%

AND THE OSCAR WENT TO.....MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA.

If you've been keeping score, our Tony Polls voters went 3 for 6 on nominees they *wanted* to win...and 4 for 6 on nominees they thought *would* win.

Memoris of a Geisha

Which of the nominees for ART DIRECTION do you *want* to win the Oscar?

King Kong.....58.86%
Memoirs of a Geisha.....19.61%
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.....13.73%
Good Night, and Good Luck....9.80%
Pride & Prejudice.....0%

Which of the nominees for ART DIRECTION do you think *will* win the Oscar?

Memoirs of a Geisha.....47.06%
King Kong.....15.69%
Pride & Prejudice.....15.69%
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.....13.73% Good Night, and Good Luck.....7.84%

AND THE OSCAR WENT TO.....MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA.

Which of the nominees for ANIMATED FEATURE do you *want* to win the Oscar?

Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit....54.39%
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.....24.56%
Howl's Moving Castle.....21.06%

Which nominee for ANIMATED FEATURE do you think *will* win the Oscar?

Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit....65.45%
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.....18.18%
Howl's Moving Castle.....16.36%

AND THE OSCAR WENT TO.....WALLACE & GROMIT IN THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT.

Which of the nominees for WRITING ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY do you *want* to win the Oscar?

Good Night, and Good Luck.....49.02%
Crash.....27.45%
Syriana.....17.65%
Match Point.....3.92%
The Squid and the Whale.....1.96%

Which nominees for WRITING ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY do you think *will* win the Oscar?

Crash.....50.98%
Good Night, and Good Luck.....31.37%
Syriana.....13.73%
Match Point.....3.92%
The Squid and the Whale.....0%

AND THE OSCAR WENT TO.....CRASH.

Which of the nominees for WRITING/ADAPTED SCREENPLAY do you *want* to win the Oscar?

A History of Violence.....58.49%
Capote.....16.98%
The Constant Gardener.....13.21%
Brokeback Mountain.....7.55%
Munich.....3.77%

Which of the nominees for WRITING/ADAPTED SCREENPLAY do you think *will* win the Oscar?

Brokeback Mountain.....75%
Capote.....11.54%
A History of Violence.....5.77%
The Constant Gardener.....3.85%
Munich.....3.85%

AND THE OSCAR WENT TO.....BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.

Which of the nominees for DIRECTOR do you *want* to win the Oscar?

George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck).....45%
Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain).....20%
Paul Haggis (Crash).....18.33%
Steven Spielberg (Munich).....11.67%
Bennett Miller (Capote).....5%

Which of the nominees for DIRECTOR do you think *will* win the Oscar?

Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain).....79.31%
George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck).....6.90%
Steven Spielberg (Munich).....6.90%
Paul Haggis (Crash).....3.45%
Bennett Miller (Capote).....3.45%

AND THE OSCAR WENT TO.....ANG LEE (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN).

You don't always get what you want as seen by your score of 5 for 11 on the nominees you *wanted* to win. However, when it comes to picking who you thought *would* win, your score is an incredible 9 for 11 as we enter the final five categories.

Brokeback Mountain

Which of the nominees for ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE do you *want* to win the Oscar?

Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener).....31.25%
Catherine Keener (Capote).....28.12%
Frances McDormand (North Country).....18.75%
Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain).....17.19%
Amy Adams (Junebug).....4.69%

Which nominee for ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE do you think *will* win the Oscar?

Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain).....50%
Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener).....27.27%
Catherine Keener (Capote).....19.70%
Amy Adams (Junebug).....1.52%
Frances McDormand (North Country).....1.52%

THE OSCAR WENT TO.....RACHEL WEISZ (THE CONSTANT GARDENER).

Which nominee for ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE do you *want* to win the Oscar?

Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man).....37.68%
George Clooney (Syriana).....20.29%
William Hurt (A History of Violence).....20.29%
Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain).....13.04%
Matt Dillon (Crash).....8.70%

Which nominee for ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE do you think *will* win the Oscar?

Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain).....45.59%
George Clooney (Syriana).....33.82%
Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man).....19.12%
William Hurt (A History of Violence).....1.47%
Matt Dillon (Crash).....0%

AND THE OSCAR WENT TO.....GEORGE CLOONEY (SYRIANA).

Which nominee for ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE do you *want* to win the Oscar?

Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line).....40%
Felicity Huffman (Transamerica).....32.86%
Judi Dench (Mrs. Henderson Presents).....10%
Keira Knightley (Pride & Prejudice)....8.57%
Charlize Theron (North Country).....8.57%

Which nominee for ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE do you think *will* win the Oscar?

Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line).....50%
Felicity Huffman (Transamerica).....30%
Judi Dench (Mrs. Henderson Presents).....8.57%
Keira Knightley (Pride & Prejudice)....5.71%
Charlize Theron (North Country).....5.71%

AND THE OSCAR WENT TO...REESE WITHERSPOON (WALK THE LINE).

Which nominee for ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE do you *want* to win the Oscar?

Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote).....41.86%
Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line).....30.56%
David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck).....18.06%
Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain).....8.33%
Terence Howard (Hustle & Flow).....1.39%

Which nominee for ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE do you think *will* win the Oscar?

Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote).....47.89%
Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain).....30.99%
Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line).....19.72%
Terence Howard (Hustle & Flow).....1.41%
David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck).....0%

AND THE OSCAR WENT TO.....PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (CAPOTE).

Which of the nominees for BEST PICTURE do you *want* to win the Oscar?

Good Night, and Good Luck.....44.87%
Brokeback Mountain.....23.08%
Crash.....21.79%
Munich.....6.41%
Capote.....3.85%

Which nominee for BEST PICTURE do you think *will* win the Oscar?

Brokeback Mountain.....84.21%
Crash .....7.69%
Capote.....2.63%
Good Night, and Good Luck.....2.63%
Munich.....2.63%

AND THE OSCAR WENT TO.....CRASH.

When it came to the nominees you *wanted* to win, you went 8 for 16. When it came to the nominees you thought *would* win, you went 11 for 16. As for yours truly, I boycotted the Academy Awards because the Academy completely and unfairly overlooked the genius that was GODZILLA: FINAL WARS.

Godzilla Final War

The current TONY POLLS are all comics questions, the subjects being DC's SHOWCASE PRESENTS collections, Marvel's CIVIL WAR event, and the NEW YORK COMIC-CON.

You can cast your votes here:

www.worldfamouscomics.com/tony/poll

Thanks for spending a part of your day with me. I'll be back tomorrow with more stuff.

Tony Isabella

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