This Sunday piece in the New York Times takes a look at the history of the Academy Award ceremony, and hints at a few changes this year. Among them: a curtain with 92,000 Swarovski crystals, chandeliers hanging over the audience (for that swanky nightclub effect), a rejiggered stage thrust partly into the audience, and this intriguing tidbit:
In the secrecy-obsessed Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, attempting to extract details about the forthcoming show is a bit like being the enemy trying to decipher Navajo code talkers in World War II. But this much is clear: this year’s Oscars will have a story line related to making movies and will lean heavily toward live theater instead of endless film clips, with the award presentations almost Shakespearean plays within a play.
Shakespearean? This sounds like it could be insanely great, or truly awful. Or at least, not boring. Stay tuned.