The Academy Awards are this Sunday, so we've got a roundup of some last-minute Oscars-related news:
Bonnie and Clyde to strike again
Last year's Oscars were a big shocker, thanks solely to the end-of-show flub where Faye Dunaway announced the wrong winner for Best Picture. It wasn't her fault, nor was her co-presenter, Warren Beatty to blame. They had the wrong envelope, there was confusion, and it was a whole thing. The Academy is doing everything they can to prevent a similar snafu this year, but they've also apparently gone ahead and invited the Bonnie and Clyde stars back for another try.
According to TMZ, Dunaway and Beatty have been seen at rehearsals for the Academy Awards telecast. And although they haven't been on any official lists of presenters, the site claims they were practicing to announce the same award as a do-over. The only other actors who've presented Best Picture two years in a row are Jack Nicholson (in 1976/1977 and 2006/2007) and James Cagney (1949/1950). Can Dunaway and Beatty be trusted? Either way, the winner might take a moment to be certain before going up and risking embarrassment.
Among the other, officially known presenters are 93-year-old Oscar winnner Eva Marie Saint, a handful of Star Wars: The Last Jedi cast members (Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran, Oscar Isaac) and Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot.
Should movies be eligible for both the Oscars and the Emmys?
One of the most frustrating things about many documentaries is their overlapping consideration as both movies and television. A documentary feature can often be nominated or even win an Academy Award and then turn around and air on HBO or PBS and wind up also nominated and even win an Emmy Award. A lot of people frown upon the double dipping, but neither the film nor the TV academies have ever done anything about it.
Well, now there's concern that other movies, such as Oscar nominee Mudbound, will be able to qualify for both awards, mostly thanks to Netflix. The streaming service is considered a qualifying outlet for series and documentaries for most TV awards organizations, but thanks to lax rules in theatrical distribution eligibilty for Oscars, Netflix movies can also be up for Oscars.
The idea being proposed would be that certain movies would be required to "pick their pathway" awards-wise, deciding if they'd rather try for the Oscar or the Emmy. This would certainly lower the amount of documentary features vying for the Oscar shortlist. The Academy already made a new rule after last year's ceremony prohibiting documentaries that can also be considered TV series, a la Best Documentary Feature winner O.J.: Made in America. That record-breaking lengthy work wound up winning Emmys for specific episodes. As for the new rule, the film Academy needs to meet with the Television Academy about the idea.