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HT City: Celebrating the Oscars: Because Who Needs Perfection

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Friday, March 03, 2023
Sonal Kalra , Chief Managing Editor
Lifestyle & Entertainment, Hindustan Times.
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Celebrating the Oscars: Because Who Needs Perfection

Ah, the Oscars. The most prestigious awards show in the world. And also the most predictable. I mean, what could possibly go wrong at a meticulously planned and rehearsed event? Oh, that's right. A lot.

Last year, we had Will Smith slapping Chris Rock. A couple of years before that, we had the infamous mix-up with the Best Picture award. It was almost as if the Oscars are intentionally trying to make themselves more relatable by throwing in a few mishaps here and there.

     

But this year, the Academy has decided to take matters into their hands. They've appointed a crisis management team to handle any potential blunders at the ceremony scheduled for March 12. Because why leave things to chance when you can have a team of highly paid professionals ready to jump in at a moment's notice? One wonders, though, if the team would be able to prevent unpredictable antics by presenters hell bent on being the viral moment of the day. But perhaps that's what works.

The Viewership of last years Oscars on ABC grew by 511,000 viewers during the 15-minute time span that featured Will Smith slapping Chris Rock. It spiked again during Smith’s best actor win and acceptance speech by 614,000 viewers. If there were no such moments, the show could well be as boring as a PowerPoint presentation.

Meanwhile, in India, some are up in arms over our films not getting the recognition they deserve at the Oscars, while most others are joyfully going Naatu Naatu. That singers Kalabhairava and Rahul Sipligunj are going to perform the RRR song live on stage is exciting, and being seen by most people as an affirmation that the gold statuette is coming home. Knock on wood!

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