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article imageIt feels like the 1920s in Hollywood Special

By Tim O'Brien     Feb 24, 2012 in Entertainment
We came. We saw. They canceled. In what is usually the press conference on the red carpet today (Friday, Feb. 24) it was announced that the event was canceled.
Insert the word "hardly" in front of announced. This press conference gives details on the show, the host and a few more tasty tidbits. Now, one is left to speculate and then hope for an unscheduled event for Saturday, or even later today.
The Saturday before the show is also a hectic day on the carpet as crews work to finish before air time. Of course, there is always the last minute spray painting of those gold Oscar statuettes that line the way, and finishing touches right until the final countdown.
Then this was announced today. Academy Award nominees and presenters arriving on the red carpet on Oscar Sunday, Feb. 26, will be greeted by Dave Karger, senior writer for Entertainment Weekly. Red carpet arrivals are expected to begin at approximately 3 p.m. PT. These arrivals are not restricted, of course, to what ABC shows. It is a event that lasts pretty long and those in the bleacher seats have a great view. They used to be able to line up and camp overnight to get those prized seats. After 9/11, an intense background check is required and no camping or waiting is permitted. Many of the same people, year after year, claim the seats. This will be Karger's second year as the Academy's red carpet greeter. His celebrity chats will be featured on Oscar.com and streamed live on EW.com, and will also be audible to the hundreds of bleacher fans and arriving guests on the carpet.
As of today, there are still no flowers at all on the carpet, which leads one to believe they are sticking to last year's plan: a subtle black and white look, with the burgundy carpet, and gold, sans the flowers lining the walk. That may change, but there are no sign of them anywhere. Today that carpet is covered in plastic to save it from the constant barrage of work and walking taking place. Still, tourists can even get a close look as they walk by, but are not allowed on the carpet. This will come to a halt Saturday as more of the Hollywood and Highland Center is closed. Come Sunday, the entire area around the center, the Kodak Theatre, and many access roads around Hollywood will be closed to all traffic, pedestrian and vehicle.
As for the press conference abruptly being canceled, one could take a few things from it, for example, it means they are behind schedule and have no time, or changes have been made and they are not ready to discuss them.
Tidbits taken from today include the fact that since "The Artist" is the favorite going in, it is ripe for an upset but it doesn't seem that way to many. The noticeable 1920s idea is floating all around Hollywood. It's a nostalgic look at a bygone era, and Hollywood loves to award itself with movies, well, about itself. But, it could also mean a director and Best Picture split, something that rarely happens. As the old adage says, "How can a picture direct itself?" when it does happen.
It has been buzzed about that Meryl Streep might win because she has been overlooked too often. Despite the fact that she has been nominated so much, she hasn't won since 1982. And sheonly has two. Now, she is considered a perennial loser come Oscar time.
The Best Actor category is a toss up now with George Clooney and Jean Dujardin. Hollywood loves Clooney but, some say, they are tiring of him, too. He knows how to market himself and picks films primarily for award time.
A shoo-in, if there is one, goes to Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer. Those awards gets handed out early, so your pool will be off to a good start.
No, The Muppets will not be singing, but Cirque de Soliel will be performing. Either way, that is the ideal time to take a break.
Some have suggested attracting younger viewers is something all shows seem to want to do. However, that would mean a few nominees younger viewers would actually tune in to see, for example, "Harry Potter." The tenth spot was still open in the Best Picture category and it would have been nice to see it there, if for no other reason than to say thanks for what it has done for the industry and reading, too. The last two most recent highly-rated Oscar telecasts were when "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Titanic" played heavy roles. In fact, both those films tied "Ben Hur" for all-time wins with 11.
Moviegoers have voted DreamWorks Pictures' "The Help" as the Best Picture of the Year in Fandango's fourth annual Fan Choice Awards. The awards are based on a survey of thousands of film fans on Fandango."The Help" with 27 percent of the vote and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" at 14 percent were followed by "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" with 9 percent. The French handed out their top movie prizes, too, and "The Artist" won, but lead actor Jean Dujardin, did not.
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