By Nancy Koeneman Robin Bargar and Chris Landreth weren't surprised their short feature film didn't win the little golden statuette known as an Oscar on March 25. "It was remarkable the film got nominated," Bargar said. "One of the nice things is that this is decided by our peers. We felt it was good work and it did what we wanted to do, but we weren't targeting any such thing as the Academy. We certainly didn't expect to win an Oscar." But they still took a wealth of experiences from the Academy Awards. Bargar, Landreth and Donna Cox flew to California and attended the ceremony. They also attended the nominees' luncheon earlier in March, where they were instructed about what they should and shouldn't do on the big night. "They were firm but friendly. It is very much orchestrated," Bargar said. The Academy Awards show is itself an amazing event, he said. "Everybody is participating in this huge performance and everybody is agreeing to do that. This is something one could see only in a community dedicated to this kind of thing," Bargar said. He also can now dispel any illusions about Hollywood. "There is a description of the film community as all fluff and no substance. That's not at all a fair description. These are very intelligent people with a deep creative desire. People are trying to realize things besides their own personal wealth and fame," he said. "You might miss that if you look in from the outside." He, Landreth and Cox saw celebrities at every turn. Before the ceremonies, they climbed out of their limousine next to Brad Pitt and entered the auditorium with him. They sat in front of Laura Dern and talked with Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon after the show. Bargar admits he and Landreth held their breath just a little when their category came up. Because the organizers strongly suggested it, they did have an acceptance speech prepared.