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Oscars: A Lot of Beyonce and the 60 Second Rule

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Sure, Beyonce is hot and cool and all of that, but so are lots of people and I’m not sure why the Academy has chosen her to dominate the best original song performances of the evening.

Beyonce will perform “Look to Your Path” from Les Choristes accompanied by the American Boyschoir, “Learn to Be Lonely” from The Phantom of the Opera, and duet with Josh Groban on “Believe” from The Polar Express. Counting Crows will perform their best song nomination “Accidentally In Love” from Shrek 2, which is by far the liveliest and best known of the bunch. A performance of the remaining contender – “Al Otro Lado Del Rio” from The Motorcycle Diaries - has yet to be announced. There’s always Beyonce.

Oscar telecast producer Gil Cates’s blog has some revealing info on the inner workings of the show today:

    the main order of business for me as Oscar producer [at the Nominee’s Luncheon] is to remind the nominees that when someone wins an Academy Award they have 60 seconds from the announcement of the win to the end of the acceptance speech.

    And, really, they can say whatever they want to say. But I always point out that mentioning 10 people’s names may make 10 people happy, but it makes millions of other people miserable. I encourage them to talk about what the Oscar means to them, maybe something personal, definitely something interesting.

    During the Oscar broadcast, I sit directly behind our talented director Louis J. Horvitz in the production control truck. When an Oscar winner reaches 45 seconds, I instruct Lou to tell our great musical conductor Bill Conti to cue the orchestra. I don’t enjoy using music to play off Oscar winners in their moment of glory, but it is the most polite way we have devised yet to control the length of our show.

    Fortunately, not every winner loses track of how long they have spoken or feels compelled to thank a few more family members. In fact, some of the best moments of every Oscar telecast come from the emotional, heartfelt expressions of joy by Oscar winners.

Some rather large hints dropped there on how he wants the show to go, but is it more important for him to be happy or the award winners? There you have the central tension of the broadcast.

ABC announced that they will impose a time delay on the broadcast to leave time to edit out anything untoward, a legacy of Janet Jackson’s right breast. It’s a shame that one bad egg can ruin it for everyone.

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  • http://notesfromnancy.blogspot.com NancyGail

    Robin Williams did a small parody of JJ “wardrobe malfunction” at Globes when he got his “lifetime achivement” statue. If you are bored by Oscars, don’t watch.

  • Eric Olsen

    I’m not bored ever by such pageantry: the high drama and low humor is far too rich to pass up

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    Eric,

    I put this up at Advance.net where hopefully millions of people will love and adore your every word.

    – Thank you. Temple

  • Eric Olsen

    you are buffing out that TV area something fierce – good man!

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    Yes, good to have it in time, as well.

    Well I’m starting to realize that it’s all about the search engines. :-)

  • Eric Olsen

    hell yes brother!

  • jerome

    I don’t agree, you said “Beyonce is hot and cool and all of that, but so are lots of people and I’m not sure why the Academy has chosen her to dominate the best original song performances of the evening” after all she’s a great singer that’s why she has been chosen, her voice is splendid! and I’m very pleased ’cause she sang a song in my language!

  • Eric Olsen

    glad you enjoyed it Jerome, I thought she did quite well

  • Bree

    There are quite some people definitely got overdosed with Beyonce, what does she have to with those nominated songs?
    a. I was expecting the tranquil choir-like voice for the French song, but didn’t get any.
    b. I was expecting the bel canto style for the Phantom of Opera, but didn’t get any.
    c. Hearing Josh Groban’ voice alone could have been such a treat, which was robbed away with Beyonce had to join him to add the awkward hip for the Polar Express Song!