Oscar producers aim to cut the boring parts
Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 8:00 pm
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The producers of the Academy Awards have good news for those watching at home: they’re trying to cut out the boring parts.
Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron say they watched 40 years of past ceremonies to finds ways to keep the show moving at a brisk pace. They say they’re looking to nip and tuck what they call little “pregnant pauses” that can turn the show into a marathon.
Zadan and Meron spoke Monday before a luncheon honoring this year’s Oscar nominees. The producers say they hope to make room for more fun in the show by squeezing out less-exciting moments.
“You start adding up those 30 seconds, and you have an accumulation of time that you can use for entertainment. So that’s what we’re doing. We’re learning a lot about the things that we don’t need in the show,” Zadan said. “The main goal is to honor the nominees and the winners.”
About 160 nominees attended the lunch, an annual rite leading up to Hollywood’s big night. The 85th annual Oscars airs live Feb. 24 on ABC.
Published in The Messenger 2.5.13