February 22, 2008 |
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.
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March 30, 1993 |
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 |
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, 2012 |
It's that most wonderful time of year, Oscar season, when all the film writers spend their time dissecting or championing the various nominees while the TV reporters reach for grim boilerplate bemoaning the telecast's ratings. Which, despite the obvious if not best efforts of the show's various producers (did anyone really think Anne Hathaway and James Franco were a good idea?), keep sliding. Last year 37.6 million people watched the show, an increase from some recent years ( 32 million in 2008, 36.3 in 2009)
March 31, 1992 |
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.
February 21, 2009 |
Perhaps the most conspicuous people onstage during the Oscar telecast -- those graceful creatures once known as "trophy girls" -- are also the most forgettable, gliding around like sophisticated stage props. This year, though, Oscar telecast producers Laurence Mark and Bill Condon are going for something with more possibilities, deliberately casting experienced actors -- and one model -- as trophy presenters to bring a little more personality to the job.
June 25, 2009 |
In January, all of Hollywood wondered exactly how close "The Dark Knight" came to earning an Oscar nomination for best picture. Now we know the answer: It missed by 12 months. If the "The Dark Knight" had been released this summer instead of last, it would have been part of the new Academy Awards era that began Wednesday with the out-of-the-blue announcement that the best picture category at the Oscars will double in size to 10 films.
March 25, 1985 |
Last year's nostalgia-laden Oscar telecast ran a little long. It is said that by the time the show ended, most UCLA film school seniors had graduated summa cum Mercedes, learned how to spell "remake," and become apprentice moguls. The program, aired by ABC, lasted 3 hours and 45 minutes. It provoked much thought on ways in the future to silence windy winners. Musketry, chloroform and trap doors were often mentioned.
December 6, 2006 |
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.