Friday, April 12, 2024

Oscars Are Turning Into One Big Musical Event: Rob Ashford Added


The Oscars are turning into one big freaking musical, that’s for sure. First “Chicago” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were hired to produce the show. Now Rob Ashford’s coming on as choreographer. Add to that the idea that “Les Miserables” is going to be nominated  in, like, every category from Best Picture and Director (Tom Hooper) to all kinds of things for Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway and others in the cast. Then, consider that the Academy has restored the five nominees rule for Best Song. And that Adele — if we’re lucky– will sing “Skyfall” (it had better be nominated for Best Song). Are you following this? The 2013 Academy Awards are going to be like a show stopping Busby Berkeley musical. Who knows? Maybe host Seth MacFarlane can sing, too!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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