“It makes me nostalgic for the year La la Land And Moonlight,” one executive mourned the now infamous Will Smith/Chris Rock debacle, which is all we’ve been talking about after the 94th Oscars show.
Another top marketing executive with a Best Picture nominee this year actually told me at the Governors Ball that she thinks it could make the Oscars “appointment television” again. “Who wouldn’t tune in to watch next year’s rematch with Will Smith and Chris Rock? I think that means the Oscars could get 15 million viewers this year,” he predicted, with a potential 50% increase from last year’s lowest number so far.
yes, k Period In analyzing the impact of the actual Oscars and the level of success or failure Display, Well, Smith sucked all the air out of the room in a really cringe-inducing display of his lack of self-control, and a man who might need a few anger management sessions. Yep, it now joins the list of unforgettable Oscar moments, perhaps even topping the above la la/moonlight Disaster. Like that one, it left us with a genuine distaste, and even sadness, at the sight of the extraordinary work on display that deserved its moment in the sun. Smith’s subsequent acceptance speech was dramatic, the best public example of a self-help speech since 1985 when Sally Field said voters “liked” her. “You like me, you” like Me,” she gushed with genuine emotion. Still though Smith, one of the first Liked personality in business, it seems No Very well liked (at least for the time being), but the end result of this unique moment is yet to come as it endlessly dissects in the days to come and Smith’s handlers try to smooth it out. Trying to find ways. Some of the audience members I spoke to were very intimidated and regret that the producers took so long to explain their mindset to Smith. A prominent African-American producer was heard saying at the Governors Ball, “One stupid act destroys years of hardworking producers like myself and others like me. He took us all with him tonight.”
I told a former president of AMPAS that if you want people to talk about the Oscars again, it was one hell of a thing to do.
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I thought Rock handled it with style, class, and apparent courage in those unexpected moments when Smith’s sheer and slightly horrifyingly violent outburst got the best of him. The spectators inside Dolby went silent. It was bizarre to say the least. About that I’m sure, the Academy is going to be the next link to Jesus at their next board meeting, when it comes time to assess what happened here, will they take any action on it, and where they will go next. That meeting will no doubt assess the damage done by the decision to pre-tape eight categories in non-television 4PM hours to save time and, hopefully, help show the show in a more ratings-friendly three hours. Miles (it landed at about three hours and forty minutes, not counting the previously unreleased hour – a very long meeting for those of us in the audience).
AMPAS President David Rubin and CEO Don Hudson were not at least offering comment on the record when I caught up with them separately at the Governors Ball, though Academy staff and PR advisors were busy preparing a statement afterward. “The Academy does not condone violence of any form,” it read. Do you think? when you have to make a statement like She Regarding Oscar shows, you know we’ve entered the twilight zone now.
I also caught up with Smith King Richard Producer Trevor White, before going to the Warner Bros. party, was clearly upset and upset by the whole thing, thinking it was supposed to be a wonderful celebratory moment for the film, the cast and crew, and Venus and Serena. Williams who was in the audience and appeared at the top of the show to feature Beyonce singing her eponymous song from the movie “Be Alive.” The film’s director Reynaldo Marcus Green also came but refused to say anything. Like many of the guys out there, though, he had a kind of shell-shocked look that you don’t usually find at the Governors Ball.
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The most lively celebration I’ve seen at the ball might really surprise you. It was the Netflix section where the streamer (((If you don’t count the fanfavorite #1 spot for his Zack Snyder zombie movie, army of the dead) Jane Campion won only one Oscar for directing dog power The one who received 12 nominations and was the first to lead coda Came roaring. From the level of sheer dance bliss going on there you’ll swear they won Best Picture. Ted Sarandos was rocking a go-for-it dance party with Campion and others I’ve rarely seen at these Oscars Governors Balls.
I expected to catch up with Oscarcast producer Will Packer, who over the weekend was full of excitement for the entertainment-packed Oscars he was bringing to the world, at least he told me at Friday’s Governors Awards. This clearly got out of his hands as live TV often finds a way to do this, but hopefully the better parts of this production don’t get completely drowned out. The look was inspired with the scintillating production design and rotating musical elements. In fact all the musical numbers were performed in style on Compton’s tennis courts, from that limelike Beyoncé number to the stylish and different In Memoriam segment. Some might have thought that the three hosts — Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, Regina Hall — might be pretty lewd in pure Gervais Golden Globes style about the night’s nominated films, but I must say that some of their jokes and bits are more than Bar down. , even if they don’t play well when repeated or written about the morning after. Bottom Line It was great to have the hosts back in the room, even when the Oscars didn’t quite reach the best level. I liked the cast reunions, especially pulp Fiction And Saint. Bringing Lady Gaga and Wheelchair-bound Liza Minnelli to the 50th Anniversary cabaret Presenting Best Picture was a nice touching touch. Speeches from other acting winners were also heartfelt, notably of coda Troy Kotsur who showed how it should be done, and Kenneth Branagh’s class act taking over for the original screenplay Belfast.
I was delighted to catch up with Branagh as he entered the Governors Ball, and to collect seven career nominations in a record-setting seven categories to eventually take home one of those Oscars, and receive just as many career nominations. After that he could not have been more kind. Marlee Matlin and the cast were coda who happily entered at the same time. Let’s not let the Smith incident take away from these great movies and this year. not since Grand Hotel One film in the early 30s crossed the statistical deficit, and only three nominations, eventually winning. With Picture, Screenplay and Supporting Actor, it garnered three wins similar to another Feel-Good winner of 2018. Green Book. Despite all their membership changes, the Academy appears to be doing what they often do, going their own way and not lining up with critics, even if in the end there is no reference to what is being predicted by most pundits. Don’t be surprised In a very long seven-month season, last night Branagh made me something of note. “I don’t know how you all do this, it’s been more than half a year,” he said indignantly at only the sound of it.
The momentum was clear in the campaign’s final weeks, Apple’s television spots were excellent, and the need for a feel-good movie was clear at this point. Where it really took off, never looking back, was at the SAG Awards on February 27 when it won the awards for Kotsur and the Cast Award. The enthusiasm was every bit as infectious as it was a few years ago Parasites. It was a launch point, no doubt, and in fact SAG scored five for five this year, giving it new credit in the Oscar campaign, and the PGA and the WGA, and even the BAFTAs. It was somewhat on board with of coda to lose. Heartfelt emotional movies are always a good bet for trampling the art. coda This year had been almost longer than any other Best Picture nominee, but SAG’s win would have seen it fresh in the Academy’s screening room when it was to be rediscovered for the final stretch. of coda The winning night was significant in many ways, not the least of which it is the first Sundance debut to go on the best picture, and the first to win bigger than a streamer. Documentary Feature Winner the heat of the soul There was another Sundance premiere to take home the Oscars, and I only hope it’ll be remembered much more than Chris Rock’s movie When All Hell broke loose. Questlove deserves an apology from Smith when he sets out to make that list.
As far as the controversial idea of pre-taping those eight categories, it all went by in a tight 35-minute run very quickly, and without hesitation. There was no sign of protest and controversy was never mentioned, except as a joke by the hosts of the first hour, Dunes Jason Momoa and Josh Brolin (appropriate because their film took home a major six Oscars for their craft). For the most part they were effectively cast in the broadcast but still felt canned and did not seem worth the blow the Academy received, and with the show Still Coming in at forty minutes and one of the longest in the Oscars TV era, what did it get apart from problems and criticism? If you’re going to do it, remove those categories from earlier in the show. The final, for makeup and hairstyling, was closed right after Smith’s theatrical speech and just before actress and portrait productions. It was out of place and stalled any momentum in the show’s important final act. This was also the one who gave a very good speech appreciating the craftsmen working in the films and that winner’s sentiments were never heard by the TV audience as his speech was completely short in editing (the show was far behind at that time) ).
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And please, Oscarfan’s favorite Twitter bit was an absolute bust, as it was taken down by packs of Internet enthusiasts organized to crown anything by Zack Snyder and rehabilitate Johnny Depp. With some on-air graphics attached, the winner was Snyder army of the dead (for which the director actively promoted among his fans), and somehow anointed Depp’s almost completely unseen social drama. Minamata in third place, one notch ahead Spider-Man: No Way Home. Packer had some great ideas for this Oscar show. It didn’t happen to be one of them.
Some other notes, Academy. Print may be out, but talk of digital tickets this year was pretty disappointing. After passing and being given the green light on the required two covid tests, the integration of that news was somehow not related to my digital ticket in my Apple Wallet and on Sunday morning I found it to be “non-covid compliant” and my missing The actual ticket is done. After about 40 minutes trying to find a solution, an Academy staff member I know came to my rescue just in time for the show. I was not alone. I know of a studio that had several of their nominees experience the same problem. What’s wrong with hard tickets, guys? And when we’re complaining, there’s No One way to set gates for Hollywood and Highland parking garages Oscar as we go out? It took a solid and pathetic 90+ minutes to get out of that garage and to freedom on La Brea. “It’s like this every year,” shouted one man as he tried to push my car.
Somehow the invisible tickets and endless parking jams seemed fitting for an Oscar show that, despite the best plans and some memorable moments, was a little out of control in itself.
But the Oscar nut that I am, I can’t wait to see what’s in store next year, hopefully a little more love and peace.