Oscarcast loses montages and acting tributes

Posted by · 9:13 am · February 22nd, 2011

Forgive me if this news, from the Hollywood Reporter, is a couple of days old — I’m still catching up on Oscar-related nuggets I missed while I was in Berlin. But I was so pleased by these details relating to Sunday’s telecast that I had to share them. I’m on the record as saying I […]

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The gift, not the wrapping

Posted by · 4:36 pm · March 8th, 2010

Like a Tiffany engagement ring presented in a Happy Meal box, sometimes the most beautiful gifts come in really cruddy wrapping. And such was the case with last night’s Academy Awards ceremony. On the one hand, the show managed to delight (if not surprise) me with one of the unlikeliest sweeps in Oscar history, making […]

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Shankman and Mechanic on teamwork

Posted by · 8:13 am · February 25th, 2010

In last Friday’s edition of Oscar Talk, Anne Thompson alluded to something of an elephant in the room regarding the upcoming Oscar ceremony: that curiously matched co-producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic are “not getting along.” As whispers to this effect continue to circulate around the industry, the pair have clearly aimed to dispel that […]

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What might have been

Posted by · 2:25 am · February 20th, 2010

I agree with Anne Thompson in yesterday’s edition of Oscar Talk when she cautiously says that the hosting is one of the few things she’s not worried about in the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony. Steve Martin — tried, tested and funny on two previous hosting dates — is the definition of a safe pair of […]

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In the trenches with AMPAS

Posted by · 9:57 am · February 3rd, 2010

I must admit that when I found out Monday night that our friend Anthony Breznican was embedded with AMPAS brass and nominations co-announcer Anne Hathaway for this USA Today feature story (and, therefore, knew the nominees at 9:00 that night), I was incredibly jealous.  But that it yielded such an insightful little piece, well, fine […]

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Call it, friendo

Posted by · 12:12 am · January 15th, 2010

Yesterday, Kris pointed you to Gregory Ellwood’s report on various Oscarcast developments, most of which either elicited a “wait and see” response from me or went over my head completely. (As a very old man of 26, I confess to having only a hazy grasp of who Taylor Lautner actually is. But I very much […]

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Almodóvar, Tarantino to present at Oscars, five-presenter system scrapped

Posted by · 9:09 am · November 16th, 2009

A few weeks ago, The Film Experience’s Nathaniel Rogers invited alternative presenter ideas for next year’s Academy Awards ceremony. Among the suggestions I made was a more diverse roster of recognizable filmmakers deemed worthy of presenter status, naming Pedro Almodóvar as an example. Once again, Oscarcast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman and I seem […]

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11/12 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:05 am · November 12th, 2009

• Steve Pond shrewdly catches a Twitter leak from Oscarcast producer Adam Shankman: David Rockwell will be back on production design duties. [The Odds] • The Gurus o’ Gold chime in with supporting predictions. [Movie City News] • Charting the reasons “Avatar” will defy the odds and succeed at the box office. [Hollywood.com]

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Shankman talks Oscar hosts, admits Fey was on the cards

Posted by · 5:06 am · November 4th, 2009

I couldn’t be more delighted with the selection of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin as the 2009 Oscar hosts. Martin remains the smartest, sharpest, most urbane Oscar host I’ve seen in my lifetime, and the pairing of his wit with Baldwin’s goofier charm should ensure a ceremony that’s adult, but not too elitist. Either way, it’ll be […]

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Jackman turns down Oscar gig

Posted by · 5:38 am · October 30th, 2009

As the annual guessing game of who will host the Academy Awards continues to go in circles, there’s at least one name we can remove from consideration: a certain Mr. Hugh Jackman. Variety confirms that the previous Oscar emcee was invited to repeat, but “quietly” turned down the opportunity sometime in the last few weeks, […]

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Fixing the Oscarcast … get your ideas in early

Posted by · 6:43 am · October 26th, 2009

With the 2009 Oscar telecast a little over four months away, it may seem a tad premature for the annual round of “how-to-save-the-show” suggestions, but it’s really the best time — now that Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic have been handed the reins, they’ll be drawing up plans immediately. So the LA Times’s Mary McNamara […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Oscar prods, Gotham nods, ‘Amelia’ clods

Posted by · 9:08 am · October 24th, 2009

• The Academy finally named the producers for next year’s Oscar telecast, first-timers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic. • All of which added weight to the speculation that Hugh Jackman might return as host. • The Gotham Awards provided the season with its first set of nominees, though it inspired more talk for its omissions. […]

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10/22 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:02 am · October 22nd, 2009

• Steve Pond takes note of an Oscar milestone regarding Adam Shankman: the first tweeting Oscarcast producer! [The Odds] • Tom O’Neil stirs the pot, says there might be a “Precious” backlash in the works. [Gold Derby] • He does so in response to Lou Lumenick, who wonders whether Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey are […]

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Shankman and Mechanic named new Oscarcast producers

Posted by · 3:25 pm · October 20th, 2009

Well, we were getting a bit impatient for the names to drop, but finally they have: Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic have formally been named as the producers of the 2009 Academy Awards telecast. As was the case last year, Oscar bosses have handed the reins to a pair of newcomers. Shankman, a choreographer-turned-filmmaker (not […]

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