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

February 17, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Rethinking the Oscar ceremony, complete with chandeliers

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.

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