Oscars: Would 'Twilight: Eclipse' footage make you watch?

If, on Oscar night 2010, Robert Pattinson showed up, looking drop-dead sexy in a tuxedo, and premiered an exclusive first-look at The Twilight Saga: Eclipse live on the stage of the Kodak Theatre, would you tune in to watch? Matthew Belloni, a columnist at The Hollywood Reporter, proposes that this year’s Oscar producers do exactly that to help boost ratings for the annual awards show. It’s an intriguing idea, but would it work?

When Titanic won Best Picture in 1998 it was the highest-rated Oscars in history, and the ratings have trended downward ever since. Last year’s telecast got a makeover and a new host, Hugh Jackman, and got a 10 precent boost in ratings. Belloni thinks having, say, five stars premiere exclusive footage/trailers of their new films over the course of the Oscar evening would get you all fired up to watch again. (Apparently, when the MTV Movie Awards showed exclusive footage of New Moon earlier this year, ratings shot up 92 percent among the coveted youth audience.)

I think it’s fair to say that the Oscars would get a ratings boost from premiering Eclipse footage, but a) Would you keep watching after you got your Jac0b-Edward-Bella fix? and b) Are there any other movies on the horizon that you’d watch the Oscars just to see footage of? Spider-Man 4? Russell Crowe in Robin Hood? Ryan Reynolds in The Green Lantern?

What do you think, Popwatchers? Is this what Oscar night needs?

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  • Anna

    While i really like twilight, i think showing footage would kind of cheapen the show. i can understand doing that at the golden globes, but the oscars are a little too upscale for that.

    • molly

      I agree. i kind of have mixed feelings about this.

      • Jordan

        Please, no. :/

      • Jordan

        I would just like to add that if what they want is younger viewers, they should try to pick something quality. For instance, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince not only largely outran New Moon at the world-wide box office, but is also a critic favorite. A Deathly Hallows: Part 1 clip would be much more suitable for the Academy Awards if they wish to get younger/more viewers. Even then, however, I don’t think I quite agree with pimping out any movie at the Oscars… feels a little tacky. Maybe if they made it a “sneak peak” given by the channel and not mentioned during the show and shown as a commercial? IDK. But I definitely say no to an Eclipse clip.

    • Mark

      The Oscars arent upscale…they are highbrow. Last time I watched them wass in 2004 for Return of the King. Otherwise, most of the movies nominated are not even watched by the majority of the public. Thats why the ratings are down. They arent relevant. The same poeple get nominated. The same kind of movie. Who cares?

      • purpleprose78

        ditto….Not interested in sad movies.

      • BLM

        Ditto your ditto. I’m also not interested on “Based on a true story” movies–if someone can sufficiently imitate someone, does that mean they can act?

      • Anna pawlowicz

        Totally agree with Mark! He is right on target writing:
        “The Oscars arent upscale…they are highbrow. Last time I watched them wass in 2004 for Return of the King. Otherwise, most of the movies nominated are not even watched by the majority of the public. Thats why the ratings are down. They arent relevant. The same poeple get nominated. The same kind of movie. Who cares?”

      • Andrea

        Agree with Mark. I stopped watching a long time ago. Seems like older generation trying to hold onto what Oscars used to represent. They can have it. I prefer MTV Movie Awards because it is more realistic to what younger generations watch. Twilight saga included.

    • Leigh

      COMPLETELY agree. Twilight has no reason being up on the Oscar stage.

    • Clayton

      Agreed. They should just show commercials during the Oscar telecast, rather than integrate them into the show.

    • matia

      eclipse footage and robert-taylor presence would tottaly boost up the ratings.

  • K

    I’m tuning in anyway, but if I wasn’t, I would tune in for exlusive footage from Eclipse, Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, Sex And The City 2, Harry Potter, and maybe Burlesque

    • Amanda

      I can see your point.
      I guess in some ways the Oscars have lost tough with the movies most people watch.
      I can see that showing clips from the movies you mentioned would bring in more viewers.

    • Ambient Lite

      Right. And like Eclipse, Sex and the City 2 won’t likely be an award contender, but why shouldn’t a clip be shown from either? People are very excited about their releases.

    • Melissa

      Yep. Eclipse, Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, and Heath Ledger’s ‘The Imaginaurium of Dr. Parnassaeus’.

      • crispy

        2 of those movies already have clips on the web. How would showing them at the Oscars increase viewership?

      • Ambient Lite

        Ah, but one of them doesn’t – and it WOULD increase viewership. Mmmuhahahahaha!

  • ossie

    Wow. I use to think people were just hating on the Twilight series when they complained that everyday there was a Twilight-New Moon-Eclipse mention. They’re right, enough already. Let it go.

    • jk

      I kind of agree. Why did this article have to be framed this way? Why couldn’t the headline have been “Would ‘Green Lantern” footage make you watch?” I just think, if I’m watching to Oscars, which I always do, I want to see good movies with talented stars. I don’t think this includes “Twilight.” And it’s not because I think it’s a movie only for teens – I’m not a huge Harry Potter fan but the young actors in that movie are incredibly talented. Sorry, but Taylor Lautner is no big draw for me.

      • Karen

        I actually don’t think the HP actors are talented.
        I think that the story is wonderful, but other than Dan Radcliffe, I think that the young actors are sometimes cringe-worthy.
        Whereas Kristen Stewart has given some good non-Twilight performances in my opinion.

      • purpleprose78

        The kid that plays Ron has great comic timing. I laughed at him so much in HP6

      • dizzy

        Sorry to disagree, but I think the HP actors are very talented, and Rupert does make me laugh so much (especially in the last film).

      • Linda

        Have to say Harry Potter actors are not good and definitly “cringe worthy” at times. It is the story that brings you to the theater for those movies. On the other hand Kristen Stewart has given some very well reviewed performances in several movies and Anna Kendrick has a leading role in an Oscar nominated film. I don’t think you will see the HP actors do much beyond HP because they are just not good enough.

      • jk

        Seriously? I think Kristen Stewart is almost hard to watch. I saw her in “Adventureland” and was so disappointed. She’s very one-note.

  • ObiHave

    Negatory.

  • Shamrock.

    Why don’t we just have the presenters wear advertisements on the back of their outfits.

    • crispy

      LOL! Remember when Macy Gray did that at the Grammys? Her career sure took off after that!

      • dizzy

        Lol, she looked pretty tacky.

  • ossie

    I just made it worse by commenting about it. The Oscars somehow needs to be shortened to 2 hours.

    • Ambient Lite

      heh, yup, unfortunately you have just fed the EW Twilight beast.

  • nik

    Yes I would but only if Kristen Stewart was there. She is the heart of Twilights Saga.

    • jk

      She is a disturbingly terrible actress. And not just in “Twilight.”

      • Sarah

        I’m not a Twilight fan, but I do like Kristen Stewart. And, she’s given some critically acclaimed performances. I thought she was great in Adventureland, Speak, and the Cake Eaters.
        However, just because critics have liked her past performances doesn’t mean you have to. And I can respect that.
        :)

      • A

        She was horrible in Adventureland. jk is right, she such a horrible actress.

      • Heather

        I agree with Sarah.
        I’m not a Twilight fan, but I saw the Cake-Eaters and Speak, and Kristen was great in them.

      • Dee

        I think she’s terrible. She plays the exact same characer in every movie I’ve ever seen her in, and I’ve seen at least three, not including Twilight.

      • Emma

        Respecting everyones opionon, i think Kristen was great in her movies, people who just saw Twilight can’t just judge her, I love her, and she is so down to earth!, w/ that said I love here acting and if u don’t like it, then don’t but don’t put people down who like her!

      • dizzy

        The only movie I’ve seen where Kristen where she truly portrayed her character was “Speak”. I haven’t seen “Cake-Eaters”. But I can’t really applaud her for her other roles; they tend to be the same. But she does seem likeable as a person.

      • Linda

        Sorry jk but the reviews of her films don’t agree with you. Kristen has been well reviewed in several roles including one about to be released co-starring William Hurt (Oscar winner). Like her or don’t like her that is up to you but your opinion is a minority esp compared to most ligitimate film critics.

      • jk

        I’m not putting anyone down who likes her as an actress, but I’m allowed to think she’s terrible. It’s kind of hypocritical to get really defensive when people are just sharing their opinion. And honestly, it’s incorrect to say that “most LEGITIMATE film critics” find her to be a good actress. She has a 38% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the questionable acting prowess of the stars of “Twilight” is a common topic of discussion. Oh yeah, and just being in a film with William Hurt (I know he’s an Oscar winner, by the way) doesn’t mean she is a good actress. She is the hot young thing of the moment and she is capitalizing on it, rightfully so. Oh yeah, and Emma? It’s cool if you like Kristen Stewart as an actress and all, but I honestly find it surprising that you see her as down to earth. She always came off as fairly standoffish to me.

      • Adrianna

        I am not a huge fan of Kristen Stewart as an actress, but she has had really good performances (Cake Eaters, Speak to mention a couple). As far as her performace in Twilight – poor direction is a big part of it. Overall, I like her even though she is not my favorite. You’re right that you have the right to your own opinion, but I would not base any of it on Rotten Tomatoes as they lack a lot of perspective (in my opinion and I tend to disagree with a lot of their critiques). If you dislike her whole body of work that is fine. Everyone likes different things, but if you have only seen her in Twilight, I would not dismiss her so quickly, as she does have a pretty good acting range and a good potential to be a great actress.

  • Sarah T.

    I can see why this might work but why don’t the Oscars try, say nominating at least a couple of movies that people actually go see? yeah, i’m sure there are those out there who went to see “Precious” (and I’m sure they liked it) but even if these Oscar bait movies get great reviews and pretty good $, not everyone is going to see them. Last year, the Academy had the perfect opportunity to nominate “The Dark Knight” but it decided not to (for whatever reason). Anymore, the Oscars come across as movie snobs to me. Nominating only those movies with dark subject matter, where normally beautiful actresses make themselves “under” and few people see them. Suddenly, there then “brilliant” and obviously, Oscar worthy. While I’m sure some of these movies are good, quality films there are also good, quality movies that appeal to the masses (like “The Dark Knight”). The reason why the ’98 Oscars did so well is because Titanic was nominated. Yet, they didn’t learn anything from that. Plus, there’s a gluttony of too many awards shows anymore so the Oscars really isn’t the thing to watch, especially when nothing that the masses have seen gets nominated.

    • Shamrock.

      Well it’s hard to see them when they don’t get shown because movies like Twilight or G.I. Joe take up half the screens at movie theaters. I had to drive 40 miles just to see The Hurt Locker.

    • Ambient Lite

      I agree, Sarah T. And I’ve always wondered why the dark, dramatic movies are the only thing the Oscars consider to be noteworthy. I happen to think comedic acting, writing, and subject matter can be just as challenging as the serious, but it’s always overlooked.
      While the Oscars do honor some brilliant work in the film industry, they also turn their noses up at much of what audiences really love.
      And Shamrock, for the last time, it’s not Twilight or G.I. Joe’s fault that The Hurt Locker wasn’t available.

      • A

        Sure it was, the studios along with EW like to shove that kind of crap down our throats.

      • invaliduser

        this why some movies aren’t seen by a large number of people (like you stated previously). Two weeks ago Up in the air was playing in 25 theatres nationwide. Compare that to your precious new moon playing in over 3500 theatres.

      • Ambient Lite

        But invalid, is that New Moon’s fault?

      • crispy

        It’s Robert Pattinson’s fault. And he should be killed.

      • paige

        i’m all for murder

      • Rosa

        lol @ crispy. I heartily DISAGREE, but that actually made me LOL.

      • Ambient Lite

        crispy, you’re all talk…if you happened to get within a foot of him, he’d *DAZZLE* your socks off. :)

      • Staci

        Hahaha I think Rob is ugly as… you know what! And I dont think he can act… I actually think It’s Taylor’s fault because he was shirtless and everyone wanted to see. Don’t kill him tho because he still has room to grow as an actor.

    • hlnwst

      I agree – the Oscars have become snobbish – half the movies they nominate are random movies that are only on circuit for two weeks because no one wants to watch them. I went out of my way to see Anne Hathaway’s Oscar-nommed performance in “Rachel Getting Married”…well, what a waste of my time. The movie was dull and pointless. Hathaway’s performance was…okay. I would love to see the blockbusters make more of an appearance at the Oscars

  • rkor

    If there’s anything Twilight related (excepting second-long flashes in montages……) I will turn the Oscars off. If there’s any of this sneak preview stuff for other movies, I will turn the Oscars off. I say this as someone who has watched the oscars every year since she was 11.

    • Menchy

      Exactly. Anything Twilight related will keep me from watching the oscars, not attract me…

  • Kat

    I would be less likely to watch if Patinson is on it. Does that answer the question?

    • Shamrock.

      I agree, if you wanna see that kind of stuff, go watch Nickelodeon’s Kids Award Show

    • Staci

      I think there is a time and place for rob, Kirsten, Taylor and the gang. It may not be at the Oscars and I’m ok with that… Besides, the Oscars have gained prestige over the years and it’s not aimed at teen audiences anyway… Lets leave The Oscars for the adults and let MTV cover twilight. Plus, I would just look up the clip the next day on the internet and spare myself sitting through a long awards show. Showing any clip won’t boost views, nominating quality movies will. Like avatar! That movie is fantastic but probably won’t be nominated because it’s publicly known and loved.

  • tejiri

    yes i would tune in if Kristen was there also…if she wasn’t i’ll watch the trailer on youtube or something.

  • Ambient Lite

    Uh, yeah, I would consider watching the Oscars if there was an Eclipse clip. heh

    • Monique

      Yeah, I’d watch because I’d want to see the cut screens of how the “respected” actors respond when they see the Twilight cast introduce their new movie. I think seeing the likes of Sean Penn et al. trying not to cringe would be worth it.

      • Ambient Lite

        You don’t think your esteemed actors could act like they respect the cast of Eclipse? Really?

  • Eyeball

    I haven’t missed even five minutes of any Oscar broadcast since I was nine years old.

    That smug, greasy Mormon vampire is just about the only thing that would make me turn the channel during the Oscars.

    • ysletta

      The vampire is not a Mormon, only the writer of the book.

      • Eyeball

        Yes, I know. That’s why she doesn’t know the first thing about vampires. And that is why, by proxy, all of her vampires are also Mormons.

        I was raised Mormon. You can trust me on this.

      • Jon

        I’m sorry, I’m not even a twilight fan but this made me laugh…what are you trying to say here? That because you’re mormon you know what vampires should be like? Or that you know the vampires in the book are mormon because you’re mormon?

      • crispy

        Eyeball’s comment made perfect sense to me.

      • Eyeball

        It means that I know how Mormons take basic concepts and try to make them acceptable to their moral code. Basically by draining anything interesting out of whatever they’re approaching. Like Twilight? Yeah.

        You should watch ‘Brigham City’, the Mormon version of ‘Twin Peaks’. You’ll see what I mean, it is embarrassing as hell.

    • Staci

      Is there something wrong with Mormons? I find that HIGHLY offensive! And he isn’t Mormon anyway!

      • Staci

        Oh and I am good friends with Mormons and they are the most fun people on the planet! They just have good clean fun and make the most out of everything! The Mormons of Colorado Springs are the best!

  • Trish

    I’m a huge Twilight fan, and while it would be nice if Rob and Kristen attended the awards show…I don’t think that the Oscars is the right place to show Eclipse footage.
    I’m a Harry Potter fan as well, and I’d be annoyed if they showed HP footage.
    The Oscars isn’t about advertising blockbusters.

  • Sara

    The Oscars is supposed to honor the best movies, in terms of actual film quality. Granted, they often don’t do this and pick crowd-pleasers over actually good movies, but they still have some pretensions of being about “film” rather than “movies”. If it turns into an ad for trashy flicks like Twilight or Spider-Man 4, they’ll officially have lost all credibility – it was okay at the MTV Movie Awards. It’s not okay at the Oscars.

    • Ambient Lite

      The Oscars have traditionally shown clips for much-anticipated movies despite whether they would be future contenders for an award.
      This really wouldn’t be that unusual.

      • Eyeball

        That isn’t true AT ALL.

        Have you ever watched the Oscars?

      • Anne U

        They did showed anticipated movies this year at the end, but that is the only time I can remember them doing that. They also showed clips from movies based on genres. However, if the have a special Twilight clip at the oscars, I will boycott.

    • Meredith44

      This. I might not agree with the movies that Oscar chooses to nominate, and I might feel that they would do better nominating popular but quality films like The Dark Knight, instead of constantly nominating little seen “quality” art-house fare; however, films like Eclipse have no place at The Oscars. I can possibly accept people enjoying those movies as guilty pleasures (even if I do not), but they shouldn’t be anywhere near the actual ceremony.
      I haven’t read all of the comments, yet, so this may have been mentioned, but I wanted to say it anyway. Hopefully TPTB consider the long-term ramifications of something like this. Sure, an exclusive clip from Eclipse might boost the ratings for this year; however, what would it do for the next year’s ratings? I would guess that a lot of loyal viewers would be turned off by the inclusion of the clip and may not watch in the future, as it “cheapens” the ceremony. As I doubt there will always be something with the drawing power of Eclipse, that means that the ratings might actually suffer more in the long-term. Plus, I would have to think that the reputation of The Oscars would take a blow as well.

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