MUMBAI: The writers strike notwithstanding,
Hollywood is gearing up for its annual extravaganza
- the Oscar Awards ceremony. The 80th Academy
Awards is slated to be held at the Shrine/Kodak
Theatre in swanky Los Angeles come 24 February
ceremony will air on ABC in the US and on Star
Movies in India on 24 February 2008.
Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Michael
Cloayton, Atonement are predicted as being
among the front running contenders to take the
Oscar TV production team has decided to hire
veteran red carpet arrivals producer Dennis
Doty to create the 30-minute red carpet arrivals
segment prior to the actual awards ceremony.
will be Doty's sixth Oscar stint. He produced
the first Oscar arrivals show, which aired prior
to the 71st Academy Awards in 1999, as well
as the shows preceding the 73rd Awards in 2001,
the 75th Anniversary Awards in 2003, the 77th
Awards in 2005 and the 78th Awards in 2006.
academy is expecting a full turnout, and is
going ahead as it does every year as if things
are normal. But observers raised their eyebrows
questioning whether the quality of the telecast
will be up to the mark. The Writers Guild of
America has been demanding a share of internet
and other digital revenues and has struck work
since last month. And there seems little resolution
WGA's pens' down movement has affected Hollywood's
producers - more so those involved in television.
Some networks have been airing reruns as their
stock of banked episodes has run out. The writers'
strike means a lot to the live events business,
especially for one such as high profile as the
Oscars. The quality of writing plays a key role
in sustaining viewers interest, be it for the
introductory speech by the host, remarks made
about the nominated films or even the acceptance