The Academy Awards is mixing it up a bit this year.
Producers for one of the most prestigious awards shows in the industry tell The Hollywood Reporter that there will be a few changes in Sunday's telecast.
For one, the show is doing away with those lengthy movie montages.
"The directors have jettisoned this familiar element - like last year's salute to horror films," the publication says. "These have added to the show's seemingly endless running time. There will still be clips from the 10 best picture nominees and brief filmed introductions to certain segments."
And to humanize the proceedings, the show has enlisted nine mothers as well as host James Franco's grandmother to act as "Mominees" and tweet about the event.
Click here to read more about additional changes to the show.
Is someone here in love with Sarah Palin? Poor boy.
Damnit maury! now i want some crab rangoon....just when i thought it was gonna be mexican tonight! lol
Bring back Billy Crystal!
Billy Horn blower has AIDS and cant do it.
The montage is somewhat enjoyable. If anything, cut out the uncomfortable scripted banter between the two presenters. It never comes off genuine and is never funny.
How stupid. Absolutely every time the broadcast does something to tighten things up, they ruin it. The montages, and audience reaction to them in the background is one of the joys of the telecast. A pseudo sharing of remembered and new moments of cinema. The only thing that should be done away with and never return are production numbers, as it's a movie not a Broadway awards show. Every nomineed song should be song, though. And two hosts who are actors not hosts? Please.
It's all Palin's fault!!!!!!!!!!
F the Oscars and all this other MonkeyShyt.
The movie montages were the only thing that kept me awake during Oscars night. Good they took those away, now I have 4 hours in which to do something useful.
This sounds like a TAMPON Commercial where all the fine print is read!
Here's my dream Oscar evening: 30 minutes of Red Carpet followed by Best Supporting Actor/ Actress, Best Actor/Actress, Best Film. The End.
LOL @ meyerbeer!! Eggplant! Thanks for the early morning smile!
mommies are either fat or their thingies have gotten all stretched out. younger ladies are betterer.
I agree with the majority, no category should contain more than five nominees. I have always enjoyed the watching the Osacrs, all of the awards are important (maybe not entirely interesting...) But I'm a movie buff, I think its total classic.
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Mommy Blogging was hip about five years. This Oscar idea would have been then, too. Now, it's an insult to women that are mothers and business women and bloggers and leaders in social media.
There are more elevated ways to reach your target female audience, ABC.
Skip the award show and go to the movies.
Is it too late to bring back Steve Martin or
Billy Crystal? I think if the Academy was really bold they would have approached Peewee Herman to be MC.
More Movie Music.....More exciting adventurous movie music!!!!
1. Bring back the music, the montages, play the full Memoriam and return to jut five BPOTY nominees.
2. Limit the schtick between awards, and keep the presenters' banter to one well-written joke.
3. Force large groups of recipients to appoint only ONE SPOKESPERSON.
4. There is no way to prevent people from using the podium to express their political/social/world views, so the Academy should develop a color-coded chart displaying each cause (stick with me on this). The chart can be available online, in the TV Guide and in your Sunday paper.
5. Recipients' speeches should be universally formatted to thank ONLY the following without embellishment: Their diety of choice; their family; the cast and crew as a whole, with no special call-outs; the public "at large"; the Academy; and then they may state their cause by reference code (e.g., "I'd like to thank God, my family, the cast and crew, the movie-goers and the Academy. Eggplant."). People at home who care can look up the cause on the chart, or make bets as to what it means. Who knows, it could spawn a drinking game: "The last person to shout out the correct cause for the star's color code has to do a shot of Cuervo."
6. Anyone diverging from this format doesn't get "played off" by the orchestra. That doesn't work. Bring back the hook from the days of Vaudeville.
6. On the way to the stage, recipients are allotted one handshake and one hug–no more!
7. Put a couple of podiums in the seating area so that recipients who don't walk so well don't have to trudge all the way up there. Make the able-bodied people take it to them.
Crazy? Extreme? Perhaps, but no more out there than tweeting "mominees" or the infamous Rob Lowe/Snow White opener. I bet if they adopted at least half of my suggestions, no one would need to consider relegating Sound Editing to the schmoscars (apologies to Kathy Griffin).
Sorry, I counted "6" twice. Good thing I don't work for PriceWaterhouse Coopers... or do I, Marissa Tomei?
Tweet about it?.....this just convinced me not to give this show any of my time.
I've never watched an awards show...however I come onto CNN to look at pictures of how the stars are dressed for the events.
Hey, I for one actually like those montages!
Bad idea, Mike; visceral effects only at their best, go unnoticed so I can see why you might think these are unimportant.
yeah, because of course those that made the movies look and sound the way they do, they actually dont deserve to be on tv. Only the shiny stars who helped sell it do, right? Hey heres a novel idea, if you dont like the big, long show then dont watch it, have a little respect for those in the industry whose night this is.
If you also dont know the difference between sound mixing and editing you have little business commenting on the oscars or film in general. And then finishing it off at suggesting they extend the original song presentation, when the song category is thoroughly useless and is in desperate need of being axed.
Hey dnt be so " I LOVE THE OSCARS JUST THE WAY THEY ARE" evrythng in 2days world can stand 4 a little constructive criticism. It sounds as if u got ur thumb in ur mouth, saying "leave my Oscars alone"
I wanna see Natalie Portman give birth during this program.
Moms? Twitter? Sounds lame.
Just hire Ricky Gervais and all your problems will be solved.
I think they should keep the montages and go back to 5 noms fo best pic. 10 best pic noms is too many...
Just strange. Have not watched in years with no plans to change.
Curious that you are following this thread.
Funny intro montage...
"Mominees'? Sounds pretty lame. Seems more like their attempt to be all hip and trendy by doing something all the kids are doing. Trouble is the kids don't care about the Oscars, and isn't Twitter old hat by now anyway? A bunch of mothers tweeting isn't likely to enthrall anybody.
And boo to losing the montages, those were fun and interesting. It's a movies awards show, shouldn't we be watching stuff about the movies? I mean, the montages were what, two or three minutes long? Are they really saving that much time by dropping them??
If they want to shorten the time, go back to only having FIVE best picture nominess. Ten is just ridiculous.
Here's an idea for future Oscars to cut down on time. 1.) as awful as this sounds, does the majority of the general viewing public really care who wins awards for sound, sound editing (difference there?), cinematography, Art Direction, or any of the other "technie" awards. Why not hand those out during the technie awards ceremony held a month prior to the Oscars. 2.) no more interpretive dance numbers to Best Score nominees. When these pop up, I usually leave the room for food a/o the bathroom. 3.) No long winded intros to the Best Picture nominees. Just make an announcement like "Here's one of the nominees: The Social Network". Just some ideas. I also miss the Best Song performances (really wanted to see Peter Gabriel's song from Wall-E, though b/c they were only going to play a medley, he bowed out of the performance) and am reminded of the 2000 Oscars when they played all five Best Song nominees at the same time. It was weird seeing Aimme Mann (Save Me from Magnolia), Sarah McLachlan and Randy Newman (Toy Story 2's "When she Loved Me", (don't remember who sang the song from "Music of My Heart") Phil Collins' "You'll be in my Heart", and then Robin Williams finally sing "Blame Canada" from South Park all in a row.
I find it ironic (and somewhat amusing) that Mike wrote a short novella on how to cut down on time at the Oscars.
Well said Brenda. Well said.
But he makes good suggestions though...
Well said.. please let them read Ths please let them read Ths...(got my fingers crossed & my head dwn in prayer mode) Lol
Sorry, Mike, to a film buff who enjoys the Oscars, the cinematography, screenplay writers, etc. are ESSENTIAL players in a good film. They should get their national recognition on national TV.
Here's a way to reduce the length of the Oscars. Announce the winners in a press release and be done with it.
who cares about montages and mominess . Its a waste of tv time that could be used on something that wasnt complete crap.
There's one mom I wouldn't mind seeing on there: George Herbert walker bush!
As long as they leave in the intro funny montage :)
Funny intro montage...
Funny intro montage...
Funny intro montage...
Sarah Palin in paper dresses!
The montages last year were a drag on the flow of the show. I was going to not watch this year, but the Franco/Hathaway hosting choice is intriguing, so I'll tune in.
I watching it strictly to see Sarah Palin's cameo!
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I don't mind losing the montages, but they should bring back the Best Song performances.
They should have Palin doing a sultry dance to that music! What a dreamboat!
:\ Good luck getting viewers there Oscars.
i just love oscars
I'll be watching it with Sarah Palin on my lap. You betcha!
Yeah, because no one ever watches the Oscars. If by no one, we mean MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS all around the globe.
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