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Behind the Screen

Hollywood and Indie Offerings

Desson Thomson
Washington Post Film Critic
Friday, March 11, 2005; 12:30 PM

Who was robbed? Who was finally appreciated for their great work? Why didn't they nominate "House of Flying Daggers"? And how come "Hotel Rwanda" wasn't nominated for Best Picture?

Gripes? Joys? Observations? Got something to say?

Desson Thomson (washingtonpost.com)

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_____The Name Change_____
I have changed my name to Desson Thomson. The story is thus: I started life as Desson Patrick Thomson. But my parents divorced when I was a wee lad of five. I lost touch with my father. And my mother remarried to a Howe. To cut a long story short, I was Desson Howe for 40 or so years. And after some personal events which I'll glide over, I felt a need to go in search of my birth father (I have learned not to say "real" father to respect those who are fully connected with their adoptive parents). I eventually traced him to Aberdeen, Scotland. We met and had a wonderful reunion. I also discovered two siblings I didn't know I had. So suddenly, the family name of Thomson made a lot more sense to me than Howe. So I changed my name, and so did my three sons. Hope that explains it, said the Critic Formerly Known as Howe.

Complete Coverage: At the Oscars, a 'Baby' Boom (Post, Feb. 28)

You can chat away with Washington Post film critic Desson Thomson about everything on your mind about the Oscars. Join him online Monday, Feb. 28, at 12:30 p.m. ET for a Special Edition of Behind the Screen to discuss the winners and losers, the highlights and the lowlights of the 77th Annual Academy Awards. And you're invited to offer your opinions on the "shoulda-wons" and "shoulda-lost" stars and categories too.

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