“My name is Lewis Beale, and I am an Academy Awards addict.

“God help me, but it’s only February and I’m already thinking about the 2007 Oscars. I just saw The Hoax, Lasse Hallstrom‘s film about the 1970s scandal involving author Clifford Irving, who claimed he had written Howard Hughes‘ ‘autobiography.’ Opening in April, the movie is a fun (if overlong) ride, but as the charming and utterly amoral Irving, Richard Gere gives a performance that, as I told one of my editors at another publication, is “Oscar-worthy.”

“Someone, please — organize an intervention. Is there some sort of Academy Awards 12-step program, or perhaps a Betty Ford Clinic for Oscar junkies?”