NEW YORK (AP) – What are TV viewers seeking from their annual Oscar fix? The same thing they want from movies: drama, comedy, slapstick, glamour and romance.
Of course, no single movie can do all that. No wonder the perfect Oscarcast is an impossible dream. No wonder so many previous Oscarcasts failed to measure up.
A perfect broadcast would include Roberto Benigni scrambling over auditorium seats to claim his trophy (1998), an onstage streaker (1974), Cher in a collection of outrageous get-ups, a rematch between 2008 rivals James Cameron and ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow, that deliciously awful 1988 musical number with Rob Lowe and “Snow White”, more of Jack Palance’s one-armed pushups from beyond the grave, plus the stirring acceptance speech by Halle Berry in 2002.
Not going to happen. We’ll just have to make do when the 87th annual Academy Awards show airs Sunday, Feb 22, at 8pm EST on ABC. Besides counter-programming on other networks, here’s what the Oscarcast is up against this year:
Everyone loves a blockbuster or two landing best-picture nods. It gets people talking and tuning it. But this year, big hits like “Interstellar” and “The Lego Movie” were snubbed, with the nominees almost uniformly “small” pictures – with the exception, of course, of “American Sniper,” whose box-office firepower in recent weeks has caught everyone off guard and triggered hero-or-killer disputes about its protagonist.
Even so, the favourites appear to be “Birdman” and “Boyhood”, both terrific films that may not be such conversation starters. To handicap their Oscar chances with your friends, you first have to find someone else who has seen them.