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Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 1:34PM EDT
Hollywoood Foreign Press Association president on Oscar changes: "I feel for them"
Meher Tatna, who oversees the Golden Globe Awards, says of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences shaking up the Oscars rulebook: “They have to do something to keep the viewers engaged and this is what they thought was a good idea.” ALSO: Mark Wahlberg defends the new "popular film" category.
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel jokes that he's to blame for the drastic changes to the Oscars
"Apparently I did such a good job of hosting the Oscars this year, they've decided to change everything about them," Kimmel said in his monologue.
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 3:28PM EDT
CBS must be steamed that the Oscars are taking over the Grammys' traditional date
The Grammy Awards ceremony is usually broadcast one week after the Super Bowl, but the Film Academy announced today that it will take over the Sunday after the Super Bowl in 2020. (The Grammys are moved to January in Winter Olympics years. And the Grammys aired on a Monday, eight days after the Super Bowl, in 2016 to take advantage of Presidents' Day.) The Oscars have traditionally aired on the last Sunday of February, but the Oscars moving to the week after the Super Bowl means there will be back-to-back Sundays of massive TV events. "The Grammys have been ambushed, frankly," says Roger Friedman. "Do they move up a week? That would be Super Bowl Sunday. Do they switch with the Oscars and go two weeks later? Or back into January?" ALSO: The last time the Oscars moved to an earlier date -- from late March to late February, in 2004 -- all the other award shows leap-frogged to earlier dates as well.
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 3:28PM EDT
Why limiting the Oscars to three hours is a bad idea: "The Oscars should always be long"
"At first, this sounds like a great idea, because the annoying people in your life always complain that the Oscars are too long," says Kyle Buchanan of the Film Academy's plan to make the ceremony three hours by cutting down on live awards. "Well, it’s not for them! The Oscars should always be long, because we wait all year for this show and those stray, long moments are where all the weird and memorable shit tends to happen! Nobody complains about the Super Bowl running 20 minutes over, because that’s masc, I guess. Even worse is the way this cut-down is going to be enacted: Several categories will be presented during the commercial breaks, then editors will whip together a quick montage of those winners to play later in the show. What a dumb way to diminish all the craft that goes into these movies and ding the non-famous on the biggest night of their lives, especially since many of these craftspeople hail from exactly the kind of popular blockbusters the Academy wants more of. (Just delete the three short-film categories like we’ve been telling you! They make no sense in the era of YouTube and they’re simply about rich kids renting out the Nuart to qualify!)"
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 12:22PM EDT
Oscars to combat ratings decline with popular film category, shorter telecast and fewer live awards
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' board of governors voted last night on a number of significant changes to the broadcast, including moving the 2020 Oscars from Feb. 23 to Feb. 9 -- one week after the Super Bowl. Next year's Academy Awards ceremony airs on Feb. 24. The Academy decided to make major changes four months after the lowest-rated Oscars telecast, which followed three years of declining ratings. To address concerns that the telecast has become boring, the board has "committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours." The board also announced "we will create a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film" to lure viewers who have seen the most popular movies of the year. Finally, the board said "to honor all 24 award categories, we will present select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined). The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast."
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
Many TV favorites have been invited to become Oscar voters, from Mindy Kaling to Andre Braugher
The Academy's new Oscar voters also include Sarah Silverman, Hank Azaria, Kyra Sedgwick, Michael K. Williams, George Lopez, Christine Baranski, Alison Brie, Rashida Jones, Dave Chappelle, Anna Chlumsky, Wendell Pierce, Olivia Colman, Gina Rodriguez, Yeardley Smith, Ken Jeong, Kumail Nanjiani, Pedro Pascal, Ann Dowd, Lena Headey and Randall Park.
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