'In the Bedroom' Is Leader of the Cigarette Pack
This Year's Best Picture Category Is Smokiest in Hackademy History
March 20, 2002
For giving Marlboro cigarettes a starring role, "In the Bedroom" blew away stiff
competition from the other four Best Picture nominees to receive the
infamous Hackademy Awards' "Thumbs Down" from the American Lung
Association of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails today.
Also receiving a "Thumbs Down" was the star of "In the Bedroom,"
Sissy Spacek, because of her dependence on cigarettes to show her
grief after her son's death.
"Sissy Spacek is such a good actress, she doesn't need to light
up in order to act out grief or any other emotion," said Leslie
Horvath, 15, a sophomore at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks,
This is the sixth Hackademy Awards, and the first to have all
five Academy Awards Best Picture nominees feature scenes of smoking.
"The entire Best Picture category could be called 'Lord of the
Smoke Rings,'" said Carolyn Johnson, 19, a sophomore at the
University of California at Davis who has been an ALA teen reviewer
for five years. "The best movies don't need all that smoking."
In past Hackademy Awards, "Titanic" received "Thumbs Down" honors
for harmful portrayals of tobacco use, and "The Insider" received a
"Thumbs Up" award for portraying tobacco use in its true light.
This year, the Hackademy Awards teen reviewers gave a "Thumbs Up"
to "Coyote Ugly" for being a movie geared toward young people that a
moviegoer would expect to glamorize tobacco use, but it didn't.
Honorable mentions went to "Rules of Engagement" and "Unbreakable."
"'Coyote Ugly' shows a young woman trying to get ahead in New
York City, and she had every opportunity to smoke," said Sarah
Crumley, 16, a sophomore at Davis High School in Davis, Calif. "But
they left that 'ugly' out of the movie."
Dishonorable mentions by the teen reviewers went to "A Perfect
Storm," "Save the Last Dance" and "Charlie's Angels." They were teen
flicks that gave lots of scenes to cigarettes, or showed smoking as
The Hackademy Awards are part of a larger project known as
"Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down!" that includes its television counterpart,
the Phlemmys, and other programs whose goals are to increase
awareness among teenagers about tobacco use in TV and movies and to
work with the entertainment industry to reduce the glamorization of
tobacco. Studies have proven there is a strong
correlation between smoking in movies and smoking among young people.
For the Hackademy Awards, about 50 teens from Sacramento reviewed
the top blockbuster films from 2000 and 2001 and recorded their
tobacco use and references. In the Annual Report Card analyzing the
data from the youth, Hollywood received an overall grade of a C. The
entire report card can be viewed at http://www.saclung.org.
The Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down! program is funded by a grant from the
California Department of Health Services, Proposition 99.