Oscars to go on, possibly with 'packages of film and concepts'

Jon_lAfter reading this Associated Press article about the two Oscars telecasts being planned — one if the writers’ strike has ended, one if it hasn’t — I’m torn. Academy president Sid Ganis said Plan B involves "history and packages of film and concepts that are not normally ones that we would have for the show if we were moving straight ahead." No one wants that. But then show producer Gil Cates, explaining why writers still shouldn’t picket the Academy Awards, said, "This show, in my view, is really above politics…. It is wrong to treat the show as anything other than a gift from all the people who work in this business, really, to the exceptional talent and the community and the country."

The country, Mr. Cates? Maybe leave me out of this one. Perhaps you genuinely believe that Oscar night is for we, the people, but I don’t think the masses are on the minds of the nominees. (Nor should they be.) The fact is: Even though I’m someone who would really love to sit down with her favorite meal and a Xerox of her office Oscar pool ballot, as usual, on Feb. 24, my life would go on if the Academy Awards didn’t. I survived without tuning into the Golden Globes debacle thanks to the season premiere of Rock of Love 2

So, here’s my question: Will you watch the Plan B telecast, if it comes to that? This is the Oscars, not the Golden Globes, so we should have a real host — poor Jon Stewart, as far as we know — instead of Billy Bush. Watching him feel our pain post-packages could be somewhat enjoyable.

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  • kelsey

    Let me say, first of all, that I love and admire Jon Stewart. BUT as for the Oscars … last year was my first time watching the show without giving up during the first hour. I still haven’t recovered. I won’t plan on watching this year’s show (I mean, if it’s that boring with writers, I can’t imagine what it’ll be like now) but I certainly wish Jon Stewart a lot of luck.
    Go writers! I’m on your side!

  • Chris G

    If there are no Oscars, I’m going to pull a Zsa Zsa and slap Hollywood in the face!

  • Rebekah

    I will watch the Oscars whether it is Plan A or Plan B. I hope Jon Stewart will host either way. Because of a possible Plan B, I plan on watching the BAFTA awards for the first time ever on BBC America.

  • Beth

    I’m with you, Mandi. As much as I have enjoyed watching the Oscars over the years, I don’t think I’ll shed any tears if it doesn’t happen this year. So little of my time is my own these days, so I have to admit it’s been a little refreshing knowing that I don’t have to block out a period of time these days to watch my fevorite shows (except Lost, naturally), let alone four plus hours to devote to the award show. I think I’ll be able to cope if it doesn’t go on this year.

  • Cristina

    I’m with you, Mandi! I never watch any of the award shows as I view them as Hollywood’s opinion of itself. It’s like throwing an award show for one’s own family: “Award for Best Father goes to….!”

  • AA

    I’m actually curious to see what a writer-less Oscars will be like. Aren’t the Oscars regularly lambasted for the lame “banter” that the cue card readers–I mean, presenters–have to struggle through? I’ll miss the stars if they don’t cross the picket lines, but the writing on the show? Not so much.

  • BrandonK

    I’ll probably watch the show regardless. I would prefer the regular show happen, but I’m interested in seeing what they come up with without “writers”. I don’t think anyone will miss Bruce Vilanch.

  • tuppy

    I agree with Mr. Cates.
    Ever since I was little and memorized 70-some best picture winners in order (right after I learned all the presidents), the Oscars have been MY superbowl. I will watch whatever they broadcast, but I hope the show can go on!

  • Nancy

    No I will not watch some “clip” show. Sorry, Jon Stewart. I WANT THIS STRIKE OVER NOW!!!!!

  • Andrea

    I barely even noticed that the Golden Globes weren’t on so I doubt that I’ll tune in for the Oscars…especially if its some lame clip show. I usually only watch award shows for the fashion anyway, and since that is pretty heavily covered in the gossip rags (thanks, Us, Life and Style, Star, etc) I won’t be missing much

  • Anna

    I agree with Mr. Cates as well. The Oscars have been on for EIGHTY years! That is a long history… So even if you’re not that big of a fan, the least you can do is appreciate the importance of this one awards show. As much as I love and support the writers, I think it would incredibly sad if the history book recorded 2008 as the year the Oscars didn’t go on because of a writer’s strike.
    Plus, I really want to see beautiful people walk the red carpet! haha

  • MKS

    I’ll watch it either way, but I better not see that dimwitted idiot as known as Billy Bush. He’s the reason why I decided not to watch the Golden Globes press conference.

  • Nick

    I will watch, but I have already cancelled my Oscar Party, which has always been a huge event. This would have been the 10th anniversary for it. I just didn’t want to have it if no stars are going to be there, and it takes way too much planning to do it on a “what if” the strike ends.

  • Snsetblaze

    I will watch the first few minutes to see if Jon Stewart wears the writers strike solidarity unibrow again.

  • donner

    I didn’t watch the Globes, I think the DGA were televised, but I didn’t watch them (and if they weren’t well, I wouldn’t have watched them if they were)…and nope, I have no interest in watching a Dumbed Down version of the Oscars…even a GOOD version of the Oscars is tedious and time consuming and I tend to get bored…I love Jon Stewart, tho…

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