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82nd Oscar Ceremony

Why Avatar Lost the Oscar

I was planning on leaving this alone but the web chatter, and even a Facebook page dedicated to what will no doubt go down as a race similar to Star Wars vs. Annie Hall. What I can abide is the phony uproar reaching a fever pitch online.…

Oscar Ratings Up This Year

Kinda figured, but still, here is the proof: LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Preliminary results from Walt Disney Co. /quotes/comstock/13*!dis/quotes/nls/dis (DIS 33.11, -0.11, -0.33%) released Monday show that ratings for Sunday night's…

The Love Boat hits the Kodak

I'm sorry to have to say that, despite my love for Adam Shankman whose humor and wisdom is well-suited to So You Think You Can Dance, the 82nd Oscar telecast may have gotten more ratings as a result of the changes, but it deflated ever…

The Oscars – Dancing for Straight Guys

Here is Adam Shankman in USA Today: "Dancing is so a part of the American public consciousness right now," he says. "It's a fabulous time for dancers." He interrupts an interview to cajole the room full of auditioners, who are…

So You Think You Can Dance …. at the Oscars?

This just went out via press release. Your big chance if you can dance. Do you suppose they will do a reality-esque segment where they show the auditions, the trials and tribulations, the tears of sadness and moments of joy when each…

Oscar Telecast Update

Hitfix's Gregory Ellwood has some news about the upcoming ceremony, as follows: - Musical director Marc Shaiman has written an original song that will open the show centered around the "team" theme to introduce Baldwin and Martin…

Academy Votes Needed Per Category

Steve Pond over at The Wrap has written an extensive, invaluable cheat sheet that lists the members per category and how many votes are needed to secure a nod. Best Picture is the highest, over 500 votes needed to make it into the top ten.…

Oscar Roundtable Take 4

It's always illuminating to hear from various smart folks around the web and I feel grateful that they indulge my needling questions week after week; after all, it isn't like any of the have any time to spare. I figure, the more…

Hamish Hamilton is The Guy

As Nikki Finke foretold: Beverly Hills, CA (November 18, 2009) ‚Äî Hamish Hamilton will direct the 82nd Academy Awards¬Æ telecast, show producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman announced today. It will be Hamilton‚Äôs first time…

Oscar Predictions Yearn for Surprises

The Wrap's Steve Pond runs down the predictions thus far. He does a good job, I think, of summing it all up and reminding his readers that there are still some big question marks left dangling. This is going to change within the next few…

So You Think You Can Oscar

Why did it take me so long to put two and two together, that Adam Shankman, producer of the Oscars, is also Adam Shankman from So You Think You Can Dance? I don't watch reality shows but that is one I really like. And I've always…