March 28, 1985 |
The audience for Monday's Academy Awards telecast declined for the second consecutive year, ratings figures showed Wednesday, despite successful efforts by the program's producers to tighten it and avoid a repetition of last year's 3 3/4-hour Oscar telecast. The 1985 Oscar show on ABC, even though it ended 38 minutes sooner than last year's program, was seen in an estimated 23.5 million American homes--nearly 1.9 million fewer homes than watched the 1984 Oscar telecast, also televised by ABC.
February 25, 2011 |
One of the longest streaks in television history ... will continue. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC television network said Thursday that they had extended their licensing agreement by six years ? through 2020. The announcement comes just days before this weekend's 83rd annual Oscar gala on the network, and the new agreement keeps the Academy Awards telecast a fixture on ABC. "This contract ensures that the Oscar show will be an ABC tradition for 45 consecutive years," Tom Sherak, the academy's president, said in a prepared statement.
February 11, 2011 |
After two years of no rate increases for Academy Awards telecast spots, prices have rebounded sharply for this month's upcoming show, with ABC fetching prices at near-record rates. The network is charging about $1.7 million per 30-second spot ? a haul that could help the network achieve revenue of more than $80 million for Hollywood's biggest night of the year, according to advertising insiders. ABC said Thursday that it had sold out its available inventory in the glittery Feb. 27 event.
March 1, 2008
I read with great interest Patrick Goldstein's article about modernizing and streamlining the Oscar telecast ["Note to Oscars: Get Real," Feb. 27], but frankly, I don't think the conservative academy will go along with a separate award show for the technical nominations. It would come across like a crass snub, pandering to the mass audience. Moreover, many of these technicians are vital to the commercial success of a film.
February 24, 2013 |
In an inauspicious beginning to the 85th Academy Awards, an apparent overflow in the women's restroom on the second floor of the Dolby Theatre prompted a scramble by at least a half dozen workers to tackle the mini-flood less than 45 minutes before the Oscar telecast began. Access to the second floor of the theater was temporarily blocked as the workers, in black pants and suit jackets, used wet-vacs and squeegees to soak up the water from the green-and-tan patterned carpets. The employees used what witnesses described as two home-sized wet-vacs and a larger machine, the size of a lawn mower, to complete the job. Oscars 2013: Nominee list | Ballot | Timeline Attendees were shuttled from the second-floor bar down to the first floor to quench their thirst at the lobby refreshment counter while the mess was cleaned up. The water complicated other preparations for the evening when backstage, two prop men wearing white gloves pushed a cart full of Oscars to stage right and began polishing the gold trophies and marking them with white tags bearing their serial numbers.
April 24, 1988
(A question from someone who doesn't work in the business and who loves movies but thinks they're not essential to his survival): Why is it that the motion picture industry can produce marvelous, tightly edited films and yet can't do the same with its award ceremony? Did we really need to see yet another stupid production number and lame stunts (Flying Pee-wee Herman--it's a pity they didn't crash the little twerp into the ceiling. Now that would be something to see!) to attract and keep an audience for the Oscar telecast?
February 28, 2004
Re "L.A. Officers Kill Suspect as Viewers Watch on TV," Feb. 24: I arrived at my mom-in-law's to pick up my 7-year-old daughter and observed them watching the local news as a wrong-way driver being chased by the cops was unceremoniously riddled with bullets and left to fall out of his vehicle, dead. My daughter, after seeing that, asked me, "Is that guy dead?" Where are you now, FCC Chairman Michael Powell? Oh, I forgot, ratings for "news" stations are more important than obscenity rules.
February 20, 2013 |
Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced that three Academy Award-winning actors--Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls"), Catherine Zeta-Jones ("Chicago") and Russell Crowe ("Gladiator"), who is currently in "Les Misérables - will be performing Sunday at the ceremony in a celebration honoring movie musicals of the last decade. The three will be joining the stars of "Les Misérables," Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, along with Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tviet, Samantha Banks and Helena Bonham Carter in the tribute to "Les Misérables, "Dreamgirls" and "Chicago," which was the last musical to win the best picture Oscar.
March 1, 2004 |
"Hey, it's 'Oprah,' " Bill Murray said, spotting the camera crew from Oprah Winfrey's talk show backstage at the Oscars. The crew was shooting segments to be seen on "Oprah" this week. And backstage wasn't a bad place to be Sunday night if you were hunting celebrities with downtime -- from Catherine Zeta-Jones to Jack Black. They had a green room, of course (tricked out by Architectural Digest), but some preferred lingering in the wings. "Are you doing something special up there?"