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Oscars Ceremony Moving on Up?

by Elena Cox, posted Jun 23rd 2010 4:30PM
It seems that Oscar may be given a little bit of a revamping in the future.

According to Moviefone, Deadline.com is reporting that a meeting at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences involved a discussion that could lead to the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony being aired in January, as opposed to its usual date in late February/early March. (This isn't the first date change, the first ceremony was actually held in May.)

Last year's Academy Awards was the highest watched telecast since 2005 with over 40 million viewers, so ratings shouldn't be the problem.

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Burnett to produce a live version of the MTV Movie Awards

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 15th 2007 11:04AM
MTV Movie Awards Jessica AbelThe king of all mind-numbingly addictive media Mark Burnett has been signed by MTV to produce this year's MTV Movie Awards. Ratings for the annual masturbatory celebration of mainstream media and young Hollywood have been slipping for the past several years. MTV is hoping that Burnett, who has never produced an award's show before, will shake things up. His first step in that direction - airing the show live. While Burnett will keep the zany movie parodies and kooky categories, he's trying to turn down the slick and get the stars to go "off-prompter." Burnett and MTV are also talking about upping the buzzworthiness of the program by incorporating user-generated content into the proceedings.

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The 78th Annual Academy Awards

by Sarah Gilbert, posted Mar 6th 2006 2:03AM
i loved reese witherspoon's acceptance speechEven though I rarely watch movies (until they hit On Demand, that is), I love to watch the awards shows. I aspire to be a movie watcher, but I have children, and I'd rather spend my babysitting money drinking wine and talking to adults. Call me crazy. So I read all the reviews, and I pretend like I know so much about the movies. "Memoirs of a Geisha is sure to win Best Costume!" I say, and I'm right. I totally called Best Song for It's Hard to be a Pimp. The only nominated movie I've seen: March of the Penguins. And while I again called the win for Documentary Feature, I never would have expected them to bring out stuffed penguins. I mean, come on! This is a documentary! I didn't get it.

But what everyone surely wants to know: was Jon Stewart funny? Someone wrote about how Stewart was an odd choice, given that he's all about New York, and news, whereas Hollywood is about Los Angeles, and fiction. I didn't see the disconnect - don't most of today's stars have homes both in LA and NYC? - but, still, I was worried. Jon seemed pretty nervous on his Daily Show performances leading up to the Oscars. Jon's the sort of guy who (despite his ever-present sarcasm) wears his heart on his sleeve. He uses the comedic device of truth, and geekiness. And that's what is oddest about having him at the Academy Awards. Self-effacing truthful geekiness is so out of place next to Jessica Alba (who, to follow a tangent Stewart started me upon, I definitely would not pick to repopulate the earth).

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