Sunday, May 19, 2024

Oscars: Academy Tradition Ends as Annual Nominating Breakfast Abolished– No More Bagels!


It’s the end of a great era. There will be no more live audience for the Oscar nominations. No more lavish breakfast at the Academy at 5am Pacific time. The bacon was always crisp and the orange juice was tangy!

This afternoon the Academy announced that the announcements would be via ABC TV and the Oscar websites live streaming.

Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman and Ken Watanabe will join Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to announce the nominees at 8:18am Eastern, 12 minutes earlier than usual.

No explanation is given, but I’m told it had something to do with maple syrup stains on the furniture.

What a shame, though. It was always fun to hear that little live audience of media and publicists gasp, or clap, or say “Oooooh” when a name was called or wasn’t. It gave the announcements their own little drama. But time marches on. Another tradition ends.

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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