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Dear Reader, you're in good company. At least one Oscar winner regularly devours the Independent's arts pages. Of course you will airily dismiss such tittle-tattle but secretly you're praying that this gifted individual is none other than the sainted Sally "You love me, you really, really love me" Field. She, the former Flying Nun for those of you with long memories, may well be a long-distance subscriber, but no, the person I'm thinking of lives closer to home. Last year, said individual was within a hair's breadth of joining the select band of Oscar winners making the pilgrimage to Islington's Almeida Theatre, not, I suspect, a fate entirely likely to befall Ms Field.

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The English Patient

A game of English patience

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Letter: Stallone wins

Your article on chaos theory and its application to movie going returns was interesting but misinformed ("Chaos theory explodes Hollywood hype", 30 March). You contrast the "hit" The English Patient with the "flop" Daylight, but in terms of global box-office, Ralph Fiennes has a long way to go to match Stallone. Even if the most optimistic post-chaos predictions are proved correct and The English Patient doubles its current worldwide takings from $70m to $140m, it will still be behind Daylight which has taken $144m so far.

Too much of a Gooding thing

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Film: `The English Patient' has 12 Oscar and 13 BAFTA nominations. But, asks John Lyttle, why all this fuss over a dressed-up costume drama with nowhere to go?

Given that America has no tradition of what might be called BBC costume drama - art dressed up, epic but intimate, prettily pictorial but impeccably literate, and terribly, terribly tasteful - it is perhaps not surprising that it should clutch Anthony Minghella's The English Patient [Colin Firth and Kristin Scott-Thomas pictured right] to its bosom.

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