Academy Award telecast 2022

Overlooked “Bruno” crashes the Oscars

Did the best song get overlooked for the Oscars?
Some people seem to think so. “Don’t Talk About Bruno” (shown here), from “Elcanto,” wasn’t even nominated — but now it will be performed at the Academy Award ceremony, at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on ABC.
“’Bruno’ is everywhere,” Will Packer, co-producer of the telecast, said at press conference Thursday.
It reached No. 1 on the Billboard chart … the first Disney-animation song to get there since “A Whole New World” in 1993, Ariana Brockington wrote in a Yahoo News story. Even “Let It Go,” which seemed to be omnipresent, only reached No. 5. Read more…

Oscar Sunday: Here’s a quick overview

It took a while, but the details of this year’s Academy Award telecast are finally in place.
ne key detail – performances of the Oscar-nominated songs – wasn’t announced until Tuesday night. What emerges is a ceremony that will work hard to entertain us … unlike recent years. Details include:
WHEN: 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) Sunday, March 27, on ABC.
HOSTS: Comedians Amy Schumer (see separate piece, under “Stories”) and Wanda Sykes, actress Regina Hall. Expect to be amused. Read more…

Will the Oscars forget (again) to entertain us?

After three straight flubs, the Academy Award telecast (9 p.m. Sunday, March 27, on ABC) will try get it right – at last.
It will have three hosts (shown here) … and music … and fewer on-air categories. It will hope viewers forget the recent years.
In those three years, Oscars were hostless and joyless. Ratings tumbled. The telecast went from 29.6 million viewers in 2019 to 23.6 million in 2020 and 10.4 million last year. Read more…

Serious Schumer? Funny Schumer? It’s time for both

The two sides of Amy Schumer are filling our TV time.
There’s the standup-comedy side, big and blunt and brash. That may emerge when she co-hosts (with Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall) the Academy Awards, at 8 p.m. Sunday (March 27) on ABC.
And there’s the subtle side, in the richly layered humor of her “Life & Beth,” which has just arrived on Hulu. “I actually am an introvert,” Schumer told the Television Critics Association.
Say what? Surely, this “introvert” can’t be the person who stands onstage, telling intimate details to strangers. “I could probably use a little more self-control in real life …. I’m sure I’ve shared more than some people would have cared” to hear, she said. Read more…