We said on Tuesday that "Spirited Away," the Academy Award winner for best animated feature, had subtitles. Though there is a subtitled version of the Japanese movie, most U.S. viewers would have seen a version with English dialogue. (Published 3/27/03)
In the Spirit of Winning
* And the Oscar goes to . . . "Spirited Away."
The Japanese animated movie wasn't a blockbuster like "Ice Age." It didn't feature the music of Elvis like "Lilo and Stitch." Instead, it's the story of a 10-year-old girl trapped by supernatural beings after her parents are turned into pigs. Sunday night it won the Academy Award (nicknamed Oscar) for Best Animated Feature.
Animator Hayao Miyazaki has made other movies that are well known and have been reviewed as excellent movies. They include "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Princess Mononoke."
"Spirited Away," which was a huge hit in Japan, was in movie theaters here last summer and did well, especially since it is in Japanese. Viewers have to read what the characters are saying in English subtitles on the screen. If you missed it, "Spirited Away" will be released on video next month.
The award for Best Animated Short film went to "The ChubbChubbs," which tells the story of the aliens who live on the planet Glorf.
Sweet Smell of Success
* How sweet it is! As in Sweet 16.
The University of Maryland Terrapins have won two games in the NCAA men's basketball tournament and will play again on Friday. After a weekend full of basketball games, there are 16 teams left in the tournament, which started with 65. The Terps will play Michigan State in their next game.
Much of the fun of the tournament every year is the story of the underdog team that upsets stronger, better-known teams. This year's underdog isn't an underdog at all, it's a bulldog.
The Butler University Bulldogs were seeded 12th among 16 teams in the East Regional (the best teams get lower-numbered seedings). They beat fifth-seed Mississippi State and fourth-seeded Louisville. Their next game is against the Oklahoma Sooners, the top seed in the East.
In the NCAA women's basketball tournament, the Virginia Cavaliers and the Virginia Tech Hokies each had a game last night. For the results, check the Sports section or www.washingtonpost.com/sports.
-- From staff and wire reports