Oscar Secrets: Behind the Decisions to Change the Show Order, Air Fewer Clips and Bring in ‘Da Butt’ https://t.co/K20ZLtuPa7— Variety (@Variety) April 26, 2021
Variety caught up with ABC’s Rob Mills, executive VP of unscripted and alternative entertainment at Walt Disney Television, after the Oscars on Sunday night to share how this year’s ceremony came together.
Time to paraphrase.
Why No Clips?
To move the telecast faster. 'The producers really wanted to tell exactly what somebody does, what an art director does or what sound design is, as opposed to playing another clip for movies' at the movie award show.
Who Picked the Songs?
Why the Awards Were in a Random Order
To get people talking (like this, right now). Seriously, the person is like "Well, we didn't intend for a person who wasn't there to win, and you might hate it, but hey, you're talking about it, aren't you?"
The lone person at the regular venue - Bryan Cranston - said the Awards would be back at the Dolby next year. True?
Not Confirmed yet.
Glenn Close. Just Glenn Close.
Knew she would be asked about Da Butt, but surprised everyone with the dance.
The Nominees were asked questions about their relationships to film.
“It’s in clips. The producers really wanted to tell exactly what somebody does, what an art director does or what sound design is, as opposed to playing another clip for movies.”
Hence all the "Oh I got up at 4 Am to be abused and put on lipstick" stories.