Mister Tee wrote:Ask the people whose Tonys have been shunted off-air if they think that change was for the good. I could maybe be talked into pushing the shorts into that slot -- though I have a sentimental attachment to them as traditional who-cares-but-they-might-win-the-pool intermissions. But if someone like Roger Deakins (or, in future, Thomas Newman) has a long-overdue win pushed out of the main show -- fie!
And, parenthetically, the Tonys are a terrible model. They used to do an hour on PBS that covered techs/writers/composers/directors, then two network hours that covered the rest. Once they eliminated those "lesser" categories, they took the extra hour and filled it with drivel (like touring companies of Jersey Boys years after the fact). Besides, haven't the Oscars often been slated for three hours, but then just ran over? I really think this is just an excuse for those who've always wanted to push the techs off-air to finally get their way.
I don't like the way the Tonys pick and choose - this year, if I recall properly, they had two career achievement awards, one of which was presented off-stage (Chita Rivera?) and one on (Andrew Lloyd Webber?), a horrible decision to make - either do them both or do neither, but if they do neither then why bother to have them in the first place?
I think what they want to eliminate with the below-the-line Oscars is the dead air while the winners from the back of the auditorium walk to the stage. They can easily edit that out and only present the reading of the nominees with the cameras on them and the acceptance speeches. Tacky, perhaps, but they're going to do it whether we like it or not.
I suspect they will pick and chose which categories to highlight from year to year - I think something like last year's highly anticipated win for Roger Deakins would be carried live. At least I would hope so.
Mister Tee wrote:And moving it up to early February? Good god: there'll be no time to see the foreign/documentary nominees. And the precursor season, which already feels like fraternity rush, will be crammed into an even tighter window.
Is there time now?
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