Monday, June 29, 2009

Two more Oscar tweaks - Entertainment News, Award Central News, Media - Variety

FIRST HE KILLED THE HOLOCAUST CLOWN GENRE, NOW A CHERISHED OSCARCAST SEGMENT: Remember watching Jerry Lewis receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at last year's Oscars? Good. Because in addition to expanding the Best Film category from 5 to 10 nominees, AMPAS is shunting off any lifetime achievement awards (Hersholt, Thalberg) to a November ceremony. They're also playing around with nominations in the Best Song category so that there may be years with no such Oscar being awarded if there aren't enough good-enough songs to honor.

The latter, sure. I've never understood the annual need to perform or recognize songs about which no one cared.** But I like the idea that the Oscars took time each year to honor living legends of the industry, especially through the Thalberg and Honorary Oscars -- if they need to streamline the competition, I'd much rather they move more categories into the separate technical/scientific ceremony -- sound effects and sound editing, makeup, etc., which would also free such a ceremony to find time to honor achievements in stunt work as well.

** I used to care, but things have changed.

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