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Justin Timberlake's Hot New Hosting Gig?

Is Justin Timberlake bringing hosting back to the Academy AwardsThe singer-actor-hottie is reportedly under consideration for the high-profile gig thanks to his stellar work as host of the ESPY Awards last month according to the New York PostWhat do you think would JT do a better job with Oscar than past hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Jon Stewart Or does the Love Guru star lack the necessary gravitas Nina H228mmerling Smith  Read Full Article

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Justin Timberlake's Hot New Hosting Gig?

Is Justin Timberlake bringing hosting back to the Academy AwardsThe singer-actor-hottie is reportedly under consideration for the high-profile gig thanks to his stellar work as host of the ESPY Awards last month according to the New York PostWhat do you think would JT do a better job with Oscar than past hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Jon Stewart Or does the Love Guru star lack the necessary gravitas Nina H228mmerling Smith read more

The Hill Trumps Hollywood for Oscar Noms 2009

In an unusual move the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Sciences has moved back the 2009 Oscar nominations announcement date by two days to avoid overlap with next years presidential inaugurationBoth events were scheduled for January 20 2009 but the Academy bowed out of a head-to-head event day and moved their announcements to Jan 22 Traditionally the AP says nominees are announced on a Tuesday four weeks before the big award day In 2009 though that day is already set for Feb 22 the earliest in the Awards historyAlthough two days may not seem like a huge delay the announcement pushes back award show planning an already-tight affair of intense work for show writers and producers The new date also squeezes Academy members to get their votes in as ballots are mailed Jan 28 and due back Feb 17 And as for the groundbreaking early Oscars date the move was made to reportedly avoid awards fatigue a common syndrome that sets in among red carpet enthusia read more

I was surprised to hear that ...

Question: I was surprised to hear that both the Grammys and Oscars suffered some of their lowest ratings ever this year. Initially, I thought viewership would be "normal" considering the lack of new television on the air due to the writers' strike. Do you think the popularity of nominees affects awards-show viewership? Answer: The lack of popular/populist best-picture nominees seems to have hurt the Oscars a bit, if you listen to some of the officials and analysts who've been quoted. Not so sure what the deal was with the Grammys; I was away when the show aired, but I thought they did a fair job promoting it as a big 50th-anniversary event. My take on all of this is to blame the aftereffects of the strike. TV viewership is depressed pretty much across the board, especially when it comes to entertainment (it didn't hurt the Super Bowl this year), and I can't help wondering if this whole sorry strike spectacle didn't simply sour many people against watching Hollywood come out to play — o ... read more

Oscars Boss: Lack of Titanic Films Sank Our Ratings

Why was there such a lack of interest in this year's Academy Awards, leading the kudoscast to deliver its smallest audience on record? It's the movies, stupid, says producer Gil Cates, pointing out that in recent years, ratings for the show have matched the popularity of the nominated films. "I [produced] the show the year Titanic made a billion dollars and [this year's best-picture nominees] together probably didn't reach $300 million," he says. "Only Juno did really well. That's the major reason." Cates, who was a main negotiator for the successful Directors Guild contract, also blames the writers' strike. "Less people were watching the networks and less people were watching the promos," he says, pointing out that the Grammys audience similarly shrank more than 20 percent. There is some good ratings news to be had, however: Cates says that those who bothered to tune in for the Feb. 24 gala stayed tuned in for the entire show. — Ileane Rudolph read more

All's Well Between Oscar and Snubbed Whoopi

Four-time Oscar host Whoopi Goldberg teared up on Monday's The View after the ladies brought up her exclusion from what looked like a tribute montage to past hosts on Sunday's telecast. In turn, Gil Cates, who produced the show, called Whoopi to apologize. "That piece of film was made to honor 80 years of Oscar's most memorable moments," he told TV Guide. Because of the show's crash production schedule after the end of the WGA strike, Cates saw the montage only days before it aired. "I never realized that Whoopi wasn't in it — and she hosted two times for me! And Steve Martin's not in it, I now realize. I feel badly for him, too. It was just totally an oversight." Not that he's calling Martin with his mea culpa. "No, Steve's not that kind of guy." Cates is embarrassed "that anyone would think there was any reason that Whoopi wasn't included, except by accident. We did use a very major piece of her in the piece on [winning] supporting actors. She thanked me for calling, and tol... read more

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Premise: Jon Stewart makes his second hosting appearance at the 80th annual ceremonies. Telecast from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Presenters include Denzel Washington, Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Cameron Diaz, Tom Hanks and Helen Mirren.

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