The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Chance "Field of Dreams" Viewing Leads To 20-Minute Tirade About James Earl Jones Not Being Nominated For Oscar
Originally posted 11/11/2003

James Earl Jones (right) with Kevin Costner in "Field of Dreams"
MISSOULA, MT - Family members of sports fan Dale Whitaker were treated to a 20-minute tirade this week about the failure of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to nominate veteran actor James Earl Jones for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as reclusive author Terence Mann in the 1989 film "Field of Dreams."

The film, the last hour of which Whitaker reportedly caught by chance on HBO this weekend, received three Oscar nominations, none of which were for Jones. "Have you seen him in that?" Whitaker asked his wife Bonnie, who responded by continuing to do the dishes. "Can you honestly tell me that there were five better supporting performances in 1989?"

Whitaker then proceeded to order his son, Scott, to "get on that internet" and look up the five Best Supporting Actor nominees from that year. "Marlon Brando in 'A Dry White Season?' Oh, yeah, God forbid we don't honor Marlon Brando. He needs a few more Oscars. Can you imagine if we didn't recognize a great, memorable film that people still watch all the time like 'A Dry White Season?' Unbelievable.

"Look at that," Whitaker continued. "Dan Aykroyd? Dan Aykroyd!? Oh, boy, why nominate a mere cultural icon like James Earl Jones when you can honor the tremendous contributions that the acting giant Dan Aykroyd has made to the world of cinema? Obviously, that was just a makeup nomination from when he got snubbed for 'Spies Like Us.' Who's in charge over there? What are they thinking?"

Despite ending his tirade on Saturday evening, Whitaker's daughter Kelsie reported that her father spent Sunday afternoon wandering around the house and saying, an a very deep voice, "People will come, Ray. People will most definitely come."

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