By Michael Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer
But when do the rest of us ever get recognized for the superbly nuanced performances we deliver on a daily basis? Who is there to hand us a gold statuette for crocodile-tearing our way out of a traffic ticket, or feigning mad-cow disease to slip out of jury duty, or wringing art out of "It's not you, it's me" and other shaky scripts?
Who likes us really likes us for our assumed roles as responsible parent, conscientious office worker or late-night club hoochie?
Well, we can't remedy the injustice of it all, but we did offer a few people downtown the opportunity to explain why they deserve an Oscar this year.
"I don't drive anymore, so I don't have to worry about tickets. But I'm a delinquent. I lost my bus pass, so I'm using my old Mayor Fasi (pass). They don't notice. Just a couple of drivers have told me that it's expired. Mayor Fasi will be pleased."
Joie Looper, 78, Punchbowl
"Sometimes she'll act like she's so hurt. She acts shy, but she's not. She'll flirt. She knows how to flirt, just like her mom."
Angie Moon explains why her daughter Gabrielle, 4, Salt Lake, deserves a nomination "I probably don't deserve an Oscar for anything.
"I'm a certified financial planner, so if everything goes up it's (my client's) decision; it's only when it goes down that it's my fault. I get paid for that. It's my job."
Les Andrews, 57, downtown
"For just being a father. I try to help (my son) out in life and give him directions."
Donald Chevalier, 42, Pearl City
"I deserve one for perseverance. Just persevering every day. It's Murphy's Law whatever can go wrong does. You just have to realize who you are in God and go forward and keep the faith and keep going, and your dreams eventually come true."
J.C. Jamel, "40-plus," Kapolei
"Every day I figure out what I'm going to do. What course of action I'm going to take on a daily basis. Depending on my mood, I decide whether I'm going to be very accomplished or be a rascal, have a good time or be very serious. (At work) the role I play is mostly myself, but I have different faces. I'm mostly a jovial, helpful person. Try to give the best service I can."
George Alexander, 59, Waikiki
"I think I should get one because I'm a caring, giving, generous person and I don't think people recognize the positive very often. They're more prone to give you the negative information. So, do I win?"
Cynthia Lupien, 48, Kona
"The part I play is hard worker. I clean, do janitorial work. You gotta work, gotta pay bills. I like to make things clean or fix things up, even if it's not my job. I take pride in my work. But when I'm with my friends, I'm loud. I like to laugh."
Keoni Stibbard, 39, Makiki
"At work I'm more serious, of course. You have to be more professional about it. It's kind of natural for me. I work with older people, so it's not that bad. I guess when I'm not at work I'm more myself. I like to be free and speak my mind. I'm a little more friendly."
Sylvia Lee, 23, UH-Manoa area
"I'm usually very quiet, (but) at school (Remington College), I have to be really talkative and ask a lot of questions. I study medical-office practices, and you have to be very calm and usually just try to be as nice and patient as possible."
Darcell Lum, 19, McCully