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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 11, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Trouble on the red carpet

OK, this is just kind of funny. As I mentioned yesterday, the Academy Award organizers are being very secretive this year about their plans and declining to identify their celebrity presenters. But now they seem to have gone a little mad, and are asking such guests to skip the traditional red-carpet entry, so their presence on the TV show can be a surprise. To the sputterings of publicists who want to make the most of promotional opportunities for their clients, an Academy rep replied:

“This isn’t a fashion show, and it’s not the first consideration when producers make creative decisions about the show.”

Um, what? Sorry, Academy, but you kind of are running a fashion show there — whose red carpet is it, anyway? Never underestimate the power of those who watch the show for the gowns, and like to get an early peek at them without a podium in the way. It’ll be interesting to see how they resolve this. In the meantime, here’s a favorite red-carpet gown, worn by Keira Knightley in 2006. Now, imagine that picture without Keira in it. Any fun? I think not.

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