The Curious Case of the 2009 Oscars

Nikki Finke is a world class whiner and her commentators are cinematic flat earthers (“Sean Penn should be exiled from Hollywood permanently”). However, she’s got some interesting points to make in this post about the challenges producers face in putting on this year’s big shew.

I can report that this year’s producers are privately complaining that the biggest movie stars in the world like Jack Nicholson, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, and Kate Winslet gave them reasons galore — some serious, some trivial — for why they didn’t want to present awards, once considered a huge honor. (For instance, Kidman said she appear onstage without the “right” hairdresser. George Clooney wouldn’t reschedule his current visit to Darfur refugee camps in Africa. And Winslet, the Best Actress shoo-in, claimed she was too “nervous” to take it on.)

Elsewhere, she also reports that producers offered some stars the use of the side entrance at the Kodak Theatre. The reason given is that they want to keep the gowns, suits, etc., hush hush until the show airs. But I wonder if the shyness of the stars and smuggling stars into the theatre has more to do with the rise of t’Internet.

Could it be that Kidman, Clooney, etc., are starting to wise up to the acres of TMZ.com/Perez Hilton snark and realizing that less is more? Are they scared of being called out by the Twittering hordes for a stuttering delivery or a fulsome boob? When Kidman popping out for a latte is worthy of thousands of bitchy blog entries, why expose yourself to yet more ridicule … particularly if you don’t have a big movie coming out in the next month or so?

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