Is Anyone Even Planning to Watch the Oscars? And it’s Friday for Dancing!

“Rollin’! Rollin’! Keep the cameras rollin’!”

People really dislike the Academy’s decision to hand out several awards during commercial breaks:

A host of Hollywood luminaries, including Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino and Rachel Morrison, the first woman to win the best cinematography Oscarhave signed an open letter demanding the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reverse its decision to relegate four Oscar presentations to ad breaks in the live telecast of its annual awards show.

Every year I have the same thought: why do the Oscar show runners find it so difficult to pare down the Oscar’s run time? Is it really that hard? Now they’re going to keep the show going during commercials? When do the famous people get to use the bathroom?

Update: George Clooney and Brad Pitt (and “others”) have joined the chorus of voices urging the Oscars to give out awards only while the show is actually airing.

What do you think? Will the Academy listen or be stubborn about his whole thing ’cause they’re mad no one will host?

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13 Responses to Is Anyone Even Planning to Watch the Oscars? And it’s Friday for Dancing!

  1. taoreader says:

    I would just like to add that I watched the 1989 Oscars and my jaw stayed dropped for about a half hour.

    • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

      What happened during the 1989 Oscars? I did a quick Google search, and I assume it’s the opening that you are referring to.

      • taoreader says:

        Yeah, it was the last time the Oscars didn’t have a host. They spent a huge amount of money creating what they called a big, glamorous Hollywood opening, which began with Snow White on the red carpet, singing her way through the audience and onto the stage, all the while trying to engage celebrities who were not having it. They clearly hated Snow White. Then Rob Lowe joins her onstage and they sing a medley, one song of which was Proud Mary with movie-type lyrics. Rob Lowe can’t really sing, I’ll tell you what.

        I have a clear memory of Snow White taking Glenn Close’s hand while singing in the audience, and Close’s icy stare was unforgettable.

        Oh, it was so bad. I lived in LA then and always watched the Oscars. I was so looking forward to it, and it was terrible.

  2. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    I LOVE the Oscars. Really I like any TV/movie award show. I assume it’s how other people feel about the Superbowl and other sporting events.

    One of my favorite things is watching the people who are behind the scenes win. So, I’m actually going to be pretty bummed if they decide not to air some of those awards. I love seeing people thank their families and watch how excited they are. Yes, that happens with the actors and directors, but I like seeing those who are behind the scenes get their recognition.

    So, I do plan to watch. And I hope they air all the awards.

  3. taoreader says:

    The Super Bowl comparison is spot on I think. It’s once a year and people put on parties with food and fun. I’ve never been to an Oscar party, I would totally go to one.

    • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

      I only know one person that throws Oscar parties, but I don’t know him well enough to invite myself to his house. We worked together on a photography project, and we keep in touch on Facebook, but we are not really hang out in real life friends.

  4. hotspur says:

    In LA the Oscars are definitely as important as the Super Bowl. People really do throw parties. I used to go to one where the foods were all themed after the nominees (Ex.: When The Sea Inside was a nominee, dude made a big green jello mold… with the fruit suspended inside in the shape of a letter C.) I figure anyone who wants to watch the Oscars wants to watch the Oscars, so you shouldn’t omit major awards like Best Editing. At the same time, I figure people who only sort of want to watch aren’t going to suddenly love watching if you take away Best Editing. Maybe I am really out of touch with the Typical American in [insert city that isn’t LA, NYC, or DC, because almost everyone I know lives in those three] but come on, to me, if you don’t care about Best Editing, YOU SHOULDN’T BE WATCHING MOVIES. YOU DON’T EVEN DESERVE EYES.

  5. nastyemu says:

    The Best Director award should go to whoever directed the movie that wins Best Picture. There, now give those awards out together and you’ve saved a few precious minutes.

  6. Tracey says:

    I have a plan for saving the Oscars! Ban lists of people in speeches. If the winner starts to reel off a list of names, their time gets cut in half. If they tell an anecdote, share a message, or otherwise say something interesting, they get an extra 30 seconds. I’m also working on a plan to leave five seats open at the front, and each person nominated in the upcoming category is seated there so the winner is right there to jump on stage when their name is called.

    • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

      Do you remember the year that the list of thanked people scrolled along the bottom of the screen so the person didn’t have to actually say the names out loud?

      I like your idea about having the nominated people ready to go in 5 front row seats. Although, sometimes I do like to see them hug their fellow actors or significant other.

      Someone suggested filming the whole ceremony, editing out the walking, and airing the edited version instead of the live version. I would be fine with that too.

      • Tracey says:

        Yes! The scrolling thank you were a good idea. Now we need to implement penalties and incentives. The idea of an edited version is appealing, but there is no way to stop spoilers from getting out. Maybe if they filmed starting at noon and we could watch the show that night.

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