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February 26, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
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)
January 23, 2012
After a 20-year exile in Europe, Charlie Chaplin returned to Hollywood to receive an honorary Oscar on April 10, 1972, for such comedies as "The Kid," "The Gold Rush," "City Lights," "Modern Times" and "The Great Dictator. " Chaplin, then 82, received probably the longest standing ovation in the history of the Oscar telecast as he walked slowly to the podium to pick up his Academy Award for his "incalculable effect in making motion pictures the art form of the century. " Chaplin was quite literally speechless as he looked at the throng of stars whose cheers kept getting louder.
November 9, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Director Brett Ratner resigned Tuesday as producer of the Oscar telecast after coming under fire for making an anti-gay slur, leaving the motion picture academy scrambling to cast a new team to helm the February award show. Ratner, director of popcorn films such as "Rush Hour" and the newly released "Tower Heist," was an unconventional choice for the job and was touted as someone who could shake up the program and bring more viewers and pizazz to the affair. Although the show's ratings have flagged recently, the Oscars remain one of the most-viewed broadcasts of the year, often second only to the Super Bowl.
November 8, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Hal Kanter, an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer, and a director and producer whose career included writing for Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, directing Elvis Presley and creating a landmark 1960s TV series starring Diahann Carroll, has died. He was 92. Kanter, who for decades was a writer for the annual Oscar telecast, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia at Encino Hospital, said his daughter, Donna Kanter. "What a dear man," longtime friend Carl Reiner said Monday after learning of Kanter's death.
August 5, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
In a surprise move, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has chosen Brett Ratner, director of such popcorn films as "Rush Hour" and "X-Men: The Last Stand," to produce the 2012 Oscar telecast along with veteran producer Don Mischer, academy President Tom Sherak announced Thursday. The 42-year-old Ratner's youthful movies often do well at the box office but are panned by critics. He produced the R-rated summer comedy "Horrible Bosses" and will see his next directorial effort, the Ben Stiller film "Tower Heist," hit theaters in November.
February 25, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
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 15, 2011
The 83rd Academy Awards will be telecast live on ABC from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood starting at 5 p.m. PT on Feb. 27.
February 11, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
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.
November 30, 2010 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
If it's good enough for "Saturday Night Live," it's good enough for ? the Academy Awards? That's the hope, anyway, of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which announced Monday that James Franco and Anne Hathaway will be co-hosting the 83rd Academy Awards. With respective ages of 32 and 28, the two actors are among the youngest hosts for the iconic award show. While both are accomplished, adventurous and well-regarded actors, their primary job qualification for hosting a live variety show is their experience toplining "SNL.
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