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* ExtraLongEpisode: The 74th Awards, in 2002, set a record by running 4 hours and 23 minutes; in the same amount of time, you could watch Best Picture winner ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' and fellow nominee ''Film/MoulinRouge'' back-to-back. There were several factors that led to this: There was a first-time producer (Laura Ziskin) working on a show that had been flirting with the 4-hour mark in the years since it was moved to an early evening Sunday timeslot. But there was also a huge sense of "a historic night" that permeated the show. It was the first Oscars held in the newly-built theater at the Hollywood & Highland complex, and with Creator/WhoopiGoldberg hosting and the expected (and ultimately delivered) wins of Creator/DenzelWashington and Creator/HalleBerry for Best Actor and Best Actress, the night was anticipated to be a watershed moment for race relations in Hollywood. Add the fact that it was the first post-[[TheWarOnTerror 9/11]] Oscars, with all the expected tributes and "[[Film/ThePlayer Movies: Now More Than Ever]]" rhetoric, and you had plenty of statements that the show wanted to make. Most reviews acknowledged that Oscar's heart was in the right place, but felt the whole thing just got too bloated. The Academy vowed to tighten things up in the future, and the show hasn't gone over four hours since.

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* ExtraLongEpisode: The 74th Awards, in 2002, set a record by running 4 hours and 23 minutes; in the same amount of time, you could watch Best Picture winner ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' and fellow nominee ''Film/MoulinRouge'' back-to-back. There were several factors that led to this: There was a first-time producer (Laura Ziskin) working on a show that had been flirting with the 4-hour mark in the years since it was moved to an early evening Sunday timeslot. But there was also a huge sense of "a historic night" that permeated the show. It was the first Oscars held in the newly-built theater at the Hollywood & Highland complex, and with Creator/WhoopiGoldberg hosting and the expected (and ultimately delivered) wins of Creator/DenzelWashington and Creator/HalleBerry for Best Actor and Best Actress, the night was anticipated to be a watershed moment for race relations in Hollywood. Add the fact that it was the first post-[[TheWarOnTerror post-[[UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror 9/11]] Oscars, with all the expected tributes and "[[Film/ThePlayer Movies: Now More Than Ever]]" rhetoric, and you had plenty of statements that the show wanted to make. Most reviews acknowledged that Oscar's heart was in the right place, but felt the whole thing just got too bloated. The Academy vowed to tighten things up in the future, and the show hasn't gone over four hours since.


** The following year had Crystal going down with the ''Film/Titanic'' and finding a fellow victim-to-be was Creator/KevinCostner. In a reference to his BoxOfficeBomb ''Film/ThePostman'', Costner assured Crystal that this sinking ship isn't the worst disaster he could be involved with!

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** The following year had Crystal going down with the ''Film/Titanic'' ''Film/Titanic1997'' and finding a fellow victim-to-be was Creator/KevinCostner. In a reference to his BoxOfficeBomb ''Film/ThePostman'', Costner assured Crystal that this sinking ship isn't the worst disaster he could be involved with!


* {{Irony}}: Presenting the Best Makeup award at the 1987 show, Creator/RodneyDangerfield pondered "In the movies, everybody wants to look good, you know? And who always wins the [makeup] award? The guy who creates the ugliest creature there is!" Even funnier, he was right on the money that night: ''Film/TheFly1986'' beat ''[[Literature/EarthsChildren TheClanOfTheCaveBear]]'' and ''Film/Legend1985'' for the award.

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* {{Irony}}: Presenting the Best Makeup award at the 1987 show, Creator/RodneyDangerfield pondered "In the movies, everybody wants to look good, you know? And who always wins the [makeup] award? The guy who creates the ugliest creature there is!" Even funnier, he was right on the money that night: money: ''Film/TheFly1986'' beat ''[[Literature/EarthsChildren TheClanOfTheCaveBear]]'' The Clan of the Cave Bear]]'' and ''Film/Legend1985'' for the award.


** The climax of the opening montage of the 1997 ceremony, the first in which Billy Crystal wandered through various films of 1996, has him fleeing the crashing plane from ''Film/TheEnglishPatient''. Its pilot is Creator/DavidLetterman, who suggests Crystal do the "Oprah...Uma" gag that went over so badly for him at the 1995 show.

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** The climax of the opening montage of the 1997 ceremony, the first in which Billy Crystal wandered through various films of 1996, the previous year, has him fleeing the crashing plane from ''Film/TheEnglishPatient''. Its pilot is Creator/DavidLetterman, who gleefully suggests Crystal do the "Oprah...Uma" gag that went over so badly for him at the 1995 show.

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** The climax of the opening montage of the 1997 ceremony, the first in which Billy Crystal wandered through various films of 1996, has him fleeing the crashing plane from ''Film/TheEnglishPatient''. Its pilot is Creator/DavidLetterman, who suggests Crystal do the "Oprah...Uma" gag that went over so badly for him at the 1995 show.
** The following year had Crystal going down with the ''Film/Titanic'' and finding a fellow victim-to-be was Creator/KevinCostner. In a reference to his BoxOfficeBomb ''Film/ThePostman'', Costner assured Crystal that this sinking ship isn't the worst disaster he could be involved with!


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* TakeThat: Badly-received ceremonies and especially hosts may well be mocked by later hosts.
** Billy Crystal's response to applause as he came out to host the 1990 ceremony: "Is that for me or are you just glad I'm not Snow White?"
** Creator/WhoopiGoldberg, back for her second hosting gig in 1996 after a well-received 1994 show, asked "Did you miss me?" upon coming out -- referencing Creator/DavidLetterman's disastrous gig in '95.

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* OlderThanTheyThink: Repurposing the lyrics to an older song to be about the show and/or the nominees predated Billy Crystal and even the "Proud Mary" rewrite of the 1989 ceremony. The 1987 ceremony featured a rewrite of [[Theatre/GuysAndDolls "Fugue for Tinhorns"]] performed by Telly Savalas, Pat Morita, and Creator/DomDeluise, and the 1988 ceremony revamped [[Theatre/AChorusLine "I Hope I Get It"]] performed by a chorus of singers dressed as Oscar statuettes.


** One of the largest shocks in the history of the Oscars happened in 1948, when Creator/RosalindRussell was considered the only possible Best Actress winner for her role in the tragic Eugene O'Niell melodrama ''Mourning Becomes Electra''. The term "sure thing" doesn't cover the perception at the time that Russell was unquestionably going to win. It was more like "forgone conclusion". So when it was time for the award, Russell was actually rising from her seat before the envelope was opened, and the presenter even said her first name before looking at the envelope and realizing that Loretta Young had actually won for a light-hearted, mostly forgotten comedy called ''The Farmer's Daughter''.

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** One of the largest shocks in the history of the Oscars happened in 1948, when Creator/RosalindRussell was considered the only possible Best Actress winner for her role in the tragic Eugene O'Niell Creator/EugeneONeill melodrama ''Mourning Becomes Electra''. The term "sure thing" doesn't cover the perception at the time that Russell was unquestionably going to win. It was more like "forgone conclusion". So when it was time for the award, Russell was actually rising from her seat before the envelope was opened, and the presenter even said her first name before looking at the envelope and realizing that Loretta Young had actually won for a light-hearted, mostly forgotten comedy called ''The Farmer's Daughter''.


* {{Irony}}: Presenting the Best Makeup award at the 1987 show, Creator/RodneyDangerfield pondered "In the movies, everybody wants to look good, you know? And who always wins the [makeup] award? The guy who creates the ugliest creature there is!" Even funnier, he was right on the money that night: ''Film/TheFly1986'' beat ''Film/TheClanOfTheCaveBear'' and ''Film/Legend1985'' for the award.

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* {{Irony}}: Presenting the Best Makeup award at the 1987 show, Creator/RodneyDangerfield pondered "In the movies, everybody wants to look good, you know? And who always wins the [makeup] award? The guy who creates the ugliest creature there is!" Even funnier, he was right on the money that night: ''Film/TheFly1986'' beat ''Film/TheClanOfTheCaveBear'' ''[[Literature/EarthsChildren TheClanOfTheCaveBear]]'' and ''Film/Legend1985'' for the award.



** The 1989 ceremony, despite having one of the widest-ranging and starry presenter lineups imaginable for its time, [[Film/RainMan the most popular Best Picture winner in years]], and memorable comedy bits from (among others) Creator/RobinWilliams and Creator/BillyCrystal, was completely sunk by the extreme {{Camp}} of the 10-minute-plus "Snow White goes to Hollywood" opening sequence and "I Wanna Be an Oscar Winner" later, leading several major Hollywood creatives headed up by Creator/BlakeEdwards to take out an ad saying the show was an insult to the American film industry, and the Walt Disney Company attempting a lawsuit over the unauthorized use of their version of Snow White. The general critical reception was so poor that the show was completely overhauled the next year, and Crystal was tapped by new producer Gilbert Cates to host the 1990 ceremony largely because he was so frequently pointed to as a highlight in '89.

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** The 1989 ceremony, despite having one of the widest-ranging and starry presenter lineups imaginable for its time, [[Film/RainMan the most popular Best Picture winner in years]], the rare feat of one of the night's winners also serving as a presenter (Creator/GeenaDavis, who won her Supporting Actress award for ''Film/TheAccidentalTourist'' before co-presenting Documentary Short Subject), and memorable comedy bits from (among others) Creator/RobinWilliams and Creator/BillyCrystal, was completely sunk by the extreme {{Camp}} of the 10-minute-plus "Snow White goes to Hollywood" opening sequence and "I Wanna Be an Oscar Winner" later, leading several major Hollywood creatives headed up by Creator/BlakeEdwards to take out an ad saying the show was an insult to the American film industry, and the Walt Disney Company attempting a lawsuit over the unauthorized use of their version of Snow White. The general critical reception was so poor that the show was completely overhauled the next year, and Crystal was tapped by new producer Gilbert Cates to host the 1990 ceremony largely because he was so frequently pointed to as a highlight in '89.

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* {{Irony}}: Presenting the Best Makeup award at the 1987 show, Creator/RodneyDangerfield pondered "In the movies, everybody wants to look good, you know? And who always wins the [makeup] award? The guy who creates the ugliest creature there is!" Even funnier, he was right on the money that night: ''Film/TheFly1986'' beat ''Film/TheClanOfTheCaveBear'' and ''Film/Legend1985'' for the award.


The ceremony was first televised by Creator/{{NBC}} for the 25th Academy Awards in 1953. Since 1960 (barring a brief return to NBC from 1971 to 1975), the ceremony has been consistently broadcast by Creator/{{ABC}}, under a contract recently renewed through 2028. The ceremony has had a history of high viewership, especially if a highly-regarded film was in the running for Best Picture (such as ''[[Film/{{Titanic1997}} Titanic]]'', which caused the 1998 ceremony to have just over 57 million viewers), although ratings have steadily dropped since due to multiple factors, such as viewing habits and the reception of recent ceremonies (with the most recent ceremony in 2020 falling to an all-time low of 23.6 million (a 20% year-over-year drop over the 2019 ceremony, which itself had a 12% gain over 2018).

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The ceremony was first televised by Creator/{{NBC}} for the 25th Academy Awards in 1953. Since 1960 (barring a brief return to NBC from 1971 to 1975), the ceremony has been consistently broadcast by Creator/{{ABC}}, under a contract recently renewed through 2028. The ceremony has had a history of high viewership, especially if a highly-regarded film was in the running for Best Picture (such as ''[[Film/{{Titanic1997}} Titanic]]'', which caused the 1998 ceremony to have just over 57 million viewers), although ratings have steadily dropped since due to multiple factors, such as viewing habits and the reception of recent ceremonies (with the most recent ceremony in 2020 falling to an all-time low of 23.6 million (a -- a 20% year-over-year drop over the 2019 ceremony, which itself had a 12% gain over 2018).

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** Following the aforementioned Best Picture gaffe, the promotional poster for the 2018 edition featured a proof sheet motif and the tagline "What could possibly go wrong?"


Alongside the awards themselves, of course, they typically feature a mix of comedy bits, musical numbers (including, traditionally, performances of the nominees for Best Original Song), and other feature segments (including since 1993, an "in memoriam" segment featuring a montage of notable figures in film who had died during the past year). The ceremony is known for being CarriedByTheHost, often relying on an actor or personality with a comedy background: Creator/BillyCrystal and Creator/BobHope have been well-known hosts in the past, with Hope in particular having hosted a record 19 ceremonies. However, the ceremony's producers have experimented with other hosting arrangements, such as having multiple hosts, or no singular host at all (instead having rotating presenters throughout).

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Alongside the awards themselves, of course, they typically feature a mix of comedy bits, musical numbers (including, traditionally, performances of the nominees for Best Original Song), and other feature segments (including since 1993, an "in memoriam" segment featuring a montage of notable figures in film who had died during the past year). The ceremony is known for being CarriedByTheHost, often relying on an actor or personality with a comedy background: Creator/BillyCrystal and Creator/BobHope have been well-known hosts in the past, with Hope in particular having hosted a record 19 ceremonies. However, the The ceremony's producers have experimented with other hosting arrangements, arrangements as well, such as having multiple hosts, hosts in a group, or no singular host at all (instead having rotating presenters throughout).
rotated throughout rather than one or more definitive hosts.



The Oscars were, notably, one of the few non-sports primetime programs to be [[BroadcastLive broadcast live]] nationwide, rather than be tape delayed for the west coast. Most other awards shows only began to follow suit in TheNewTens, as the popularity of social media demanded a more "communal" experience and made it harder to avoid spoilers. ABC's Los Angeles station KABC has produced local, supplemental coverage of the ceremony under the title ''On the Red Carpet'' (the title of a now-cancelled entertainment program produced by the station), including pre- and post-shows prior to and after ABC's coverage. The latter is often syndicated to other ABC stations, especially on the west coast (where it serves as {{Filler}} for local primetime).

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The Until TheNewTens, the Oscars were, notably, one of the few non-sports primetime programs to be [[BroadcastLive broadcast live]] nationwide, rather than be tape delayed for the west coast. Most However, most of the other major awards shows only began to follow suit in TheNewTens, as with the popularity of social media media, which demanded a more "communal" experience experience, and made it harder to avoid spoilers. ABC's Los Angeles station KABC has produced local, supplemental coverage of the ceremony under the title ''On the Red Carpet'' (the title of a now-cancelled entertainment program produced by the station), including pre- and post-shows prior to and after ABC's coverage. The latter is often syndicated to other ABC stations, especially on the west coast (where it serves as {{Filler}} for local primetime).
"spoilers".


The Oscars were, notably, one of the few non-sports primetime programs to be [[BroadcastLive broadcast live]] nationwide, rather than be tape delayed for the west coast. Most other awards shows only began to follow suit in TheNewTens, as the popularity of social media demanded a more "communal" experience and made it harder to avoid spoilers. ABC's Los Angeles station KABC has produced local, supplemental coverage of the ceremony under the title ''On the Red Carpet'' (the title of a now-cancelled entertainment program produced by the station), including pre- and post-shows prior to and after ABC's coverage. The latter is often syndicated to other ABC stations, especially on the west coast (filling in the rest of the primetime lineup since the ceremony typically ends in or around the 8:00 p.m. hour local time.

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The Oscars were, notably, one of the few non-sports primetime programs to be [[BroadcastLive broadcast live]] nationwide, rather than be tape delayed for the west coast. Most other awards shows only began to follow suit in TheNewTens, as the popularity of social media demanded a more "communal" experience and made it harder to avoid spoilers. ABC's Los Angeles station KABC has produced local, supplemental coverage of the ceremony under the title ''On the Red Carpet'' (the title of a now-cancelled entertainment program produced by the station), including pre- and post-shows prior to and after ABC's coverage. The latter is often syndicated to other ABC stations, especially on the west coast (filling in the rest of the primetime lineup since the ceremony typically ends in or around the 8:00 p.m. hour (where it serves as {{Filler}} for local time.
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The UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s Ceremonies (commonly known as "The Oscars", though not officially named as such until 2013) are an annual AwardShow honoring the best in film for the previous year.

On television, the Oscars are typically considered an entertainment event in their own right, typically featuring a mix of comedy bits, musical numbers (including, traditionally, performances of the nominees for Best Original Song), and other feature segments (including since 1993, an "in memoriam" segment featuring a montage of notable figures in film who had died during the past year). The ceremony is known for being CarriedByTheHost, often relying on an actor or personality with a comedy background: Creator/BillyCrystal and Creator/BobHope have been well-known hosts in the past, with Hope in particular having hosted a record 19 ceremonies. However, the ceremony's producers have experimented with other hosting arrangements, such as having multiple hosts, or no singular host at all (instead having rotating presenters throughout).

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The UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s Ceremonies (commonly ceremony (also known as "The Oscars", though not officially named as such until 2013) are an annual AwardShow honoring the best in film for the previous year.

On television, the Oscars are
simply The Oscars) is typically considered an entertainment event in their its own right, right.

Alongside the awards themselves, of course, they
typically featuring feature a mix of comedy bits, musical numbers (including, traditionally, performances of the nominees for Best Original Song), and other feature segments (including since 1993, an "in memoriam" segment featuring a montage of notable figures in film who had died during the past year). The ceremony is known for being CarriedByTheHost, often relying on an actor or personality with a comedy background: Creator/BillyCrystal and Creator/BobHope have been well-known hosts in the past, with Hope in particular having hosted a record 19 ceremonies. However, the ceremony's producers have experimented with other hosting arrangements, such as having multiple hosts, or no singular host at all (instead having rotating presenters throughout).


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The Oscars were, notably, one of the few non-sports primetime programs to be [[BroadcastLive broadcast live]] nationwide, rather than be tape delayed for the west coast. Most other awards shows only began to follow suit in TheNewTens, as the popularity of social media demanded a more "communal" experience and made it harder to avoid spoilers. ABC's Los Angeles station KABC has produced local, supplemental coverage of the ceremony under the title ''On the Red Carpet'' (the title of a now-cancelled entertainment program produced by the station), including pre- and post-shows prior to and after ABC's coverage. The latter is often syndicated to other ABC stations, especially on the west coast (filling in the rest of the primetime lineup since the ceremony typically ends in or around the 8:00 p.m. hour local time.

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