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February 22, 2008 | TINA DAUNT
THE U.S. presidency has been called a bully pulpit, but it doesn't come close to the winner's circle at any year's Oscars. An address from the Oval Office usually scores ratings in the single digits. But an Oscar telecast is seen by tens of millions of people around the world in mansions and in yurts.
Frankly, there were some who didn't give a damn. At San Bernardino's Sturgos Center for Fine Arts, concerns whether Clint Eastwood would finally be taken seriously were eclipsed by worries over the fate of the razorback sucker. At the All-Star Lanes bowling alley in Eagle Rock, Patrick Landry was more excited about a 7-10 split than he was about the best original song.
March 5, 2010 | By Scott Collins
If Sunday's Oscar telecast ends up breaking ratings records, organizers might just want to send a thank-you in the Na'vi language to James Cameron. Cameron's "Avatar," a sci-fi fable about endangered tree-dwellers on the fictional moon Pandora, has become the highest-grossing picture of all time with more than $700 million in U.S. box office. It's also up for nine nominations including best picture. The last time a Cameron picture brought home academy hardware -- for the previous box-office champion, "Titanic," in 1998 -- the award telecast soared to new heights.
February 26, 2013 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Seth MacFarlane may have sung about Oscar's losers, but he wasn't among them. Sunday's movie awards ceremony produced its best ratings in years, even as critics rapped the "Family Guy" producer for some off-color humor. An average of 40.3 million viewers tuned in to the live Oscar telecast on ABC, according to Nielsen. The ceremony - hosted by MacFarlane, the creator of TV's "Family Guy" and director of the movie comedy "Ted" - drew its best numbers since 2010 and were up a modest 2% over last year's show hosted by Billy Crystal.
January 17, 2010 | By Neal Gabler
In seven weeks, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be hosting its biggest Oscar ceremony in nearly 70 years -- at least as measured by the number of best picture nominees. When Sid Ganis, then-president of the academy, announced the decision to double the best picture field from five to 10, he said deserving films had been "squeezed" out of the race and, besides, back in the 1930s and 1940s, having 10 best picture nominees was the norm. (This was somewhat disingenuous: Studios released a movie a week then and barely one a month now, so the universe of films used to be much, much larger.
November 15, 2009 | Rachel Abramowitz
Tom Sherak never forgets that movies are for the masses. The veteran marketer turned new president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences started in showbiz driving around states like Maryland and West Virginia, persuading ordinary people to book such Paramount movies as "The Godfather" and "Love Story" into their small-town movie houses. "They were all real people, postal workers or sanitation workers who also owned the one theater in town. I'd go and meet them at their lunch hour and tell them about the movies."
March 25, 1994 | ANN CONWAY and PATRICK MOTT
S eductive but simple. Slinky yet sensible. Those are the catch phrases that came to mind on Monday night when we watched the fashion parade on the Oscar telecast. Come to think of it, the same words could be applied to the awards ceremony. The whole climate was meaningful and elegant . Did it hail a New Age of Innocence ? We know you're dying to hear our take on the glad rags ogled by 1 billion people . . .
Run, Dave, run. You'd think that a celebration of movies could zoom along entirely on its own cinematic energy. As year after year affirms, however, so goes the host, so goes the show. Thus, many wondered, would the squinty savior from late-night CBS turn fish into loaves? Everyone was expecting so much from David Letterman that he couldn't possibly live up to the billing. And he didn't.
March 31, 1992 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
When The Times awarded me the coveted assignment of reviewing Monday night's Academy Awards telecast on ABC, I was deeply moved and overwhelmed. "You like me," I cried out. "You really like me!" As I was about to accept this honor, however, reality set in. How could I handle such an important task on my first day back from vacation? I'd be rusty. I'd be unequal to the challenge.
IF you've ever watched an Oscar telecast, you know that nothing is quite so cringe-inducing as the musical numbers that punctuate the show, numbers that end up trying too hard to be either flamboyant or hip, often falling short on both counts.
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