Looks like the Oscars
have decided to get rid of the idea of handing out awards to those in the audience. According to Gil Cates, the idea of presenting a few of the lesser-category Oscars to people gathered in the aisles just didn't work. The idea had been to speed the show up, but it only ended up just looking tacky.
Tacky! Hmph! Well, you had to figure the experiment was doomed to failure from the get-go. I mean, let's get real here: Do you really want to speed up the air time on the show for the sole purpose of appeasing ABC brass in New York, or is your first responsiblity as telecast producer to the Academy per se? You cannot have it both ways, dear Gilly.
The point is, the Academy Awards in its present televised form will always be a 4-hour live show no matter what you do; not even the fact that there are only three Best Original Song nominees this year will change that. Still, the surprising notion is the Best Animated Feature category. Two stop-motion epics --- Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
are gonna go up against Tokyo's toon Yoda, Hayao Miyazaki, with his Howl's Moving Castle
; whereas this year's three big CGI toons, DreamWorks' Madagascar
, Fox/Blue Sky's Robots
and Disney's Chicken Little
were totally ignored. Right now, your Dragonmaster suspects that some of you are asking yourselves: What in Merlin's name is wrong with this picture?
Well, here's how I see it, kids: Like the rest of you Mortals, Oscar is bored. No Lord of the Rings
to bow down and worship, no Billy, no Whoopi, just that twit from The Daily Show,
Jon Stewart hosting --- and, well, here's the full line-up of presenters, so you goodlies can know just who to yell at:Jessica AlbaJennifer AnistonSandra BullockSteve CarellClint EastwoodWill FerrellJamie FoxxMorgan FreemanTom HanksTerrence HowardQueen LatifahKeanu ReevesWill SmithMeryl StreepHilary SwankLuke WilsonOwen Wilson
And Sid Ganis, the Academy's recently-installed President, will make a few remarks as well. (I wonder if, having previously worked for George Lucas, ol' Sid will be as entertaining and as hilarious as Arthur Hiller was when he
was Academy President.) And please, dear Randy Thomas,
know that this ol' Dragonmaster expects ye back in the booth as the Oscar announcer; if not, then bring back ol' Les Marshak, the current voice of Macy*s
. At least, Les is still as smooth-voiced as ever!