This year expect to see Sideways, The Aviator and
Finding Neverland get best picture nominations. Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Frank Pierson said that
that the one week delay would only apply to next year.
"It didn't seem fair to make viewers have to choose between
these two special events," Pierson said. At the same time,
he emphasised that the Academy is very pleased with what had originally
been characterised as a two-year experiment in moving the Awards
presentations up almost a month earlier than in the past. He said
that late-February broadcasts of the Oscars would resume in 2007.
As had been reported earlier by indiantelevision.com comedian Chris
Rock has been tapped to host the show. The aim is to attract a younger
Rock to rock Oscar Awards