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February 02, 2009

Change we need for Oscar

84591057 Sid Ganis isn't starting to get cold feet, is he?

The head honcho at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said today that there are "many, many risks" involved in retooling the Oscar telecast, as its new producers have promised to do.

Ganis shared his apparent nail-biting at the annual Oscar nominee luncheon (hat tip to the Carpetbagger's blog for noting it), where producer tag-team Larry Mark and Bill Condon didn't make any further pronouncements about their tear-down and rebuild of the three-hour live show.

Is that still happening?

Or will we be stuck with the same bloated, montage-heavy, foot-dragging stiff and canned spectacle we've had forever, the type that sank to a record-low 32 million viewers a year ago?

If the Academy cares anything about ratings -- and it does -- it will take a cue from the recent presidential election. How about some change we can believe in, Sid?


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I don't necessarily change is a good thing -- remember when they presented awards in the audience? Horrible. the one thing I hope they don't change is shortening the actor nominee scenes -- these are only 4 awards and the most suspenseful and we should see why an actor is nominated (especially since a majority of us have not seen the films). Longer scenes build suspense, shorter scenes make them feel rushed. Not all change is great.

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