Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The (Oscar) Producers
It was announced today that the Academy is bringing back the producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Maron for the 2014 Academy Awards. Zadan and Maron produced this past years telecast which drew high ratings and a whole cavalcade of criticism. The ratings themselves may have been key to the re-hiring of the team who this past year focused their Oscar telecast on the theme of music in film (which featured Shirley Bassey singing "Goldfinger," Barbra Streisand singing a poignant rendition of "The Way We Were," as well as awkward musical tributes to Chicago, Dreamgirls and last years Les Miserables. The telecast was also highly criticized for host Seth MacFarlane's hosting stint (which many claimed was crude and sexist), sloppy execution (the Jaws theme playing off winners?) as well as it's strange devotion to the film Chicago, which was produced by Zadan and Maron.
I suppose none of these things matters to much as the ratings were significantly up. It matters nil after all since it really does always revert back to the movies themselves-- remember six of the last years nine Best Picture nominees were huge hits that grossed north of $100 million. If 2013 can match that success story, there's little to fear. That being said, I wish for a more streamlined telecast and wish the team good luck to that. As well as the always controversial choice of Oscar host.