Pride before a fall

Posted by · 1:07 am · January 29th, 2010

Forest Whitaker and Sid Ganis announcing the 2008 Academy Award nominationsRichard Roeper prefaces his Oscar predictions with the following suggestion to spice up the nominations announcement:

They race through the lists at 5:30 a.m. PST, in order to get live coverage on the morning talk shows. That’s just stupid.

As I’ve suggested before, the Academy should turn the nomination announcements into a one-hour special, to air on E! or some other cable channel. Build up excitement by showing clips and interviewing possible nominees. Have some cameras on set or in the homes of some contenders, to catch their reactions. If they can do it with the Heisman Trophy every year, why not the Oscars?

The Grammy Awards have gone in a similar direction with their nominations special, though the Oscars obviously wouldn’t have musical numbers to pad things out. I’m all for making a bit more of an occasion out of the announcement, though the idea of catching some nominees’ (or, worse, non-nominees’) reactions live is super-tacky. After the cut, Steven Spielberg will show you why.

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  • 1 1-29-2010 at 1:27 am

    Matthias Zucker said...

    LOL. That clip is a great find. Well, he did get his due many times over, and for better films, so I guess he’s over it by now.

    And I agree totally – Roeper’s suggestion may be the worst Oscar-related idea I’ve ever heard. I find the whole “cut to the losers” thing during the winner’s announcement during the Oscarcast bad enough sometimes. No reason to embarrass a lot more people. That said, the nominations announcement is a sober affair – but maybe that’s the only thing that keeps the Oscars somewhat serious business.

  • 2 1-29-2010 at 2:16 am

    Kevin said...

    That’s a great clip. But it is unbelievable that he wasn’t nominated. Steven Spielberg CREATED the blockbuster with Jaws. Oh well, at least he got his due with Schindler’s List (the film I would argue is the greatest film ever made) and Saving Private Ryan.

    The live nominees thing is silly, but so is the super early morning announcement. There should be something more interesting than a press conference where a celebrity and the AMPAS president zip through categories.

  • 3 1-29-2010 at 2:25 am

    Nigel Bridgeman said...

    I’d heard about Spielberg’s reaction years ago but never saw it until now. I never knew about the guys carrying on like they did though.

    Wow, Spielberg was quite arrogant back then. “And Jaws is about to be nominated in eleven categories.”

  • 4 1-29-2010 at 4:54 am

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    I don’t blame Spielberg for being arrogant back then. He was still young (29) and he had the highest grossing film of all time.

  • 5 1-29-2010 at 5:40 am

    Adam Smith said...

    He was also JOKING. Jesus Christ, people, you’d act like you’ve never heard anyone say anything in jest before.

  • 6 1-29-2010 at 5:43 am

    Rob Cameron said...

    It wasn’t arrogance, for God’s sake. He was amongst friends and had high hopes. When you experience one of the most hellish and nefarious principal shootings in cinematic history and emerge on top, it’s a bit disheartening when you yourself aren’t recognized. He had every right to be disappointed because he is, y’know, a human being.

  • 7 1-29-2010 at 5:52 am

    James D. said...

    I was beaten by Fellini!

  • 8 1-29-2010 at 6:24 am

    Craig said...

    Wow, people on these sites. It anyone says anything about their movie, they’re “arrogant”.

  • 9 1-29-2010 at 6:42 am

    evelyn garver said...

    The clip is hilarious! As for Roeper’s suggestion, it’s the CEREMONY that should be an hour or ninety minutes long. The expanded BP list this year may reveal that even when popular films are nominated, most viewers, especially younger ones, simply will not devote three and a half hours to an awards show, and I am coming from the perspective of someone who has not missed an Oscar telecast in 47 years.

  • 10 1-29-2010 at 6:49 am

    Pam said...

    Um, E! already does a special nomination morning show (though it’s shorter now than it used to be). They throw out last minute predictions beforehand, and afterwards they dish about the surprises and snubs and make phone calls to get reactions from several of the nominees. They even used to, though I don’t think they do anymore, show the announcement of the “below the line” nominations, half an hour or something before doing the major nominations.

    And Good Morning America (which the announcement interrupts each year) also does several minutes coverage after the noms are announced, and they call some of the nominees as well. I don’t really think the nomination announcement lacks for coverage.

    Hilarious clip! “This is a dark day in Hollywood.”

  • 11 1-29-2010 at 6:52 am

    Chase K. said...

    Roeper also fails to mention that the Heisman Trophy presentation is one bloated, insufferable beating. Listening to Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit interview Bo Pellini and Nick Saban? No thanks.

    Imagine watching a one-hour show where Billy Bush and Ben Lyons interview Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz…I’d rather have a colonic.

  • 12 1-29-2010 at 7:10 am

    stylewriter said...

    If it’s done right I think it’s a nice idea. The problem is the way to do it right is to have well-known critics talking about the possible nominees and giving their two cents before and after the nominations in each category is announced. With the Academy’s history of not agreeing with critics more times than not, it would open them up to criticism from those appearing on their own nominations show.

  • 13 1-29-2010 at 7:12 am

    stylewriter said...

    Oh, and I do agree having cameras to catch the reactions would be a really bad idea. I have no desire to see someone’s disappointment (anger?) at not being nominated broadcast to the world. Let the potential nominees have their private time, but take your time announcing the actual nominees.

  • 14 1-29-2010 at 7:20 am

    Chris138 said...

    Well, I don’t think Roeper’s idea is all that great. But I did enjoy that video of a young Spielberg. I was surprised as well he wasn’t nominated for Jaws.

  • 15 1-29-2010 at 7:46 am

    al b. said...

    “Who made it, the shark!?”


    Keep in mind that Speilberg is joking! Oh, and yes I think that Roeper’s idea is a very dangerous one!

  • 16 1-29-2010 at 8:33 am

    Harmonica said...

    If any of you ever read the book “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls”, you would realize that Spielberg WASN’T joking and that, yes, he was arrogant at the time.

  • 17 1-29-2010 at 9:27 am

    /3rtfu11 said...

    I thought that was cute. He didn’t get nominated for The Color Purple. I believe he received his first DGA award for that.

  • 18 1-29-2010 at 9:36 am

    Yogsam said...

    That clip was EPIC !! i laughed so hard

  • 19 1-29-2010 at 9:48 am

    Brian said...

    I’d argue that Spielberg’s directing snub is the greatest directing snub ever (that I can recall).

  • 20 1-29-2010 at 9:59 am

    BurmaShave said...

    I have l0ved that moment since high school. Sometimes when I’m having a bad day I’ll say “I can’t believe they picked Fellini over me!”

  • 21 1-29-2010 at 12:19 pm

    Pablo (Col) said...

    I think i prefer mistery. Its even better when u have to wake up early and just wait for that guy on E! to shut up and the president of AMPAS prodeeding to welcome the other presenter. And carefully listening and looking at the photos of actors, actresses, directors and the titles of the movies.

    Nothing is better i say. And after that u just enter as fast as you can to check out the other categories and see how you did predicting.

    I love it that way and, sincerely, i wouldnt like it any other way.

  • 22 1-29-2010 at 5:30 pm

    SHAAAARK said...

    Lol, Roper thinks Star Trek is more likely than District 9. Uh, good luck with that. LOL?