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BYOscar Producers



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19 Responses to “BYOscar Producers”

  1. arisp says:

    Lorne Michaels and Jimmy Fallon’s producer.

  2. Mike says:

    Craig Zadan:
    Hoping that whoever produces the #Oscars next year will retain our innovation: long packages on television and movie musicals that we produced, whether relevant to the year’s nominees or not.

  3. Sam says:

    @Mike: Snap! Who can forget their tribute to great movie musicals that lasted the test of time such as Les Miserables a whole year after it was released! They even included Chicago which was over a decade old!!!

    That was a big f–ing missed opportunity to maybe get Debbie Reynolds to sing something from Singing In the Rain.

  4. Breedlove says:

    Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall.

  5. KrazyEyes says:

    At this point I’m doubtful that there’s any producer who can make the show fun and watchable. The last 3-4 years have been different shades of awful. Even the best one (Ellen) wasn’t that good unless you compare it to the others.

  6. Hallick says:

    “Innovations”? Methinks he sees himself as the Steve Jobs of bloated letdowns for having shoehorned too many numbers from irrelevent musicals at the expense of new films that deserved the attention in a given year. Let’s have a big hand for Lil’ Tommy Edison everybody!

  7. Hallick says:

    “Lorne Michaels and Jimmy Fallon’s producer.”

    My assisted-suicide dream team.

  8. YancySkancy says:

    I just looked at Zadan’s tweet again, and it’s pretty sad really. The TeamOscar nonsense is a ridiculous waste of time. So a bunch of kids get face time on the Oscar-cast because they made one-minute films that didn’t cause whoever’s judging the thing to pull their own eyes out. The odds that any of them will do anything at all in the film biz are slim, but even if they all go on to win Oscars and big box office, so what? It will make a nice time-wasting alumni montage on a future Oscar-cast — that’s about it.

    And reading the nominations in all 24 categories on nomination morning is a nice gesture, but since the vast majority of interested people get the info online later in the day, it’s not an earth-shaker.

  9. jspartisan says:

    Let’s do this one more fucking time: THE BEST OSCARS SHOW OF THE 21st CENTURY, happened in the year 2000. That’s how they should do these shows, but they seemingly want to make a cheesy fucking Broadway spectacle every year. Have an MC. Let the NC be a respected actor or actress, and let them be the voice of the show.

    Move the god damn orchestra back to the fucking theatre. Treat the show as SPECIAL. It’s the fucking Oscars. It’s not a local town talent show.

    This show is also about the fucking movies, so HONOR ALL OF THE FUCKING MOVIES! Go all out to celebrate film. Giving shit to Comic Book films, is just moronic bullshit. I am sorry that the TRUE ARTIST feel that their work is being overlooked by god damn Iron Man, but IT’S FILM! It’s all FILM! Celebrate it. Honor it. Sell the fuck out of it.

    Finally, figure out someway to make the older, whiter, and ancient voters… matter less. If you still have old white dudes, making old white dude choices, that most moviegoers absolute abhor. There’s no real fix to this problem, and this is a problem.

  10. leahnz says:

    it’s like a hotblog time warp with jf sebastian still banging on about the 2000 telecast (which was pretty darn good, to this day i still blame canada for everything thanks to robin williams rip man)

    the ‘innovations’ thing is kind of sad, maybe it’s symptomatic of a larger problem that the teamoscar thing and reading 24 names out loud is considered an ‘innovation’. my latest innovation is taking the garbage and recycling out to the curb THE NIGHT BEFORE. i really hope my kin retain this brilliance when i’m gone.

  11. Hcat says:

    Give it to Wes Anderson have oft nominated set designers create different sets, have bill Murray mc and all the presenters give their lines in character.

  12. YancySkancy says:

    LOL leah!

    Hcat: I’d watch the hell out of that.

    Ultimately, there are no real fixes. Every year, producers pay lip service to the notion that they’ve come up with ways to keep the show moving and entertaining, and every year they fail. Maybe if they’d stop trying, the show would automatically become more streamlined and fun, as if by magic.

  13. Sam says:

    Chris Rock, Billy Crystal and Jane Fonda as co-hosts. Cyrstal for the opening montage and song (and imagine those if there are 10 nominees), Rock because he’s funny & relevant and Fonda for a touch of class.

  14. YancySkancy says:

    Next host: Johnny Carson hologram, maybe voiced by Kevin Spacey.

  15. palmtree says:

    How about we innovate with some actual comedy writers in the room?

  16. Ray Pride says:

    Where’s Bruce Vilanch when you don’t need him?

  17. leahnz says:

    it does feel a bit like they need to shit or get off the pot as my granddad used to say, stop tinkering, you’re doing it wrong. it is down to the writing, as always. clean concepts executed well. about movies helps. i honestly don’t see what’s so hard, they just keep finding ways to fuck it up.
    settle on a host for a few years would be good, you can try to grow a style with time, hopefully improve. hosts with stand-up backgrounds tend to fare a little better i think because they can ‘sense the room’ and change it up if something’s working/not working – like that prediction box gag wtf who thought spending all that time on such nonsense – in a show in which time is of the essence and evidently they already struggle with enough time for the nominees – was a good idea? seriously, the shed out back. maybe whoever wrote that was partying with terrence howard at the time, thought it was funny as shit tripping balls

    it is a weird show in that it’s always been a kind of mash-up – a musical theatre tribute to cinema, a theatre show about excellence in cinema, it’s odd if you think about it. obviously it’s veered too far into the ‘musical theatre’ realm at the expense of the subject matter at this point.

    or go a completely different way, that would be great, but i don’t see the academy ever going for something that’s actually innovative, reading more names out loud is probably as good as it gets.
    (haha bill murray to host like hcat said, to narrate, maybe ‘the-criminologist-in-rocky horror-show’-style, from his own set off/sidestage – talking to the viewers at home – while the awards are handed out, best song musical numbers performed and tributes given on differently-designed revolving sets with huge screens to play clips (MOVIE CLIPS, eh? for a show about movies) perhaps in tribute to some specific theme that year or to honour the nominees, bring back the ‘live band’ as per jf sebastian for some real-live-people energy and pizazz, class it up, it’s the arts, use artists, artistic concepts; and it’s film technicians – how about some compelling visual and sound concepts to drive an awards show about visual and audio excellence (but not drawings, hey producers: hand sketches of people, not cinema). there’s got to be some people who can think up a tight, compelling show (tight as in 3 1/2 hours instead of 4 probably, don’t cut out the actual awards for achievement in film, enough has been cut out already and it’s like the one thing the show does right)

  18. Spacesheik says:

    You guys remember that Oscar train wreck of the late 90s with Donald Sutherland and Peter Coyote on the sidelines all wired up like anchors announcing the events? I have not seen anything as jaw-dropping bad as that.

    But yeah this year’s Oscar was one of the worst I’ve ever witnessed: tedious, witless…

    I’m old enough to remember Johnny Carson hosting – those were the days.

  19. JS Partisan says:

    Space, that’s the best ceremony, and it was the year 2000 event. Almost every oscars that has followed, have paled in comparison. I remember Johnny as well, but Billy was one of the best.

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