Academy nominations in person: Five memorable moments

No more PowerPoint presentations for Oscar nominations – the big screens filled with images of the actors, directors and films are back to celebrate the best of 2022.

The Academy announced it will be returning for an in-person live event from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 24.

While the ungodly early hour between 5 and 6 p.m. PT is still in effect (the prime-time nominations special is right there to take it), this is one of the low-hanging fruits the Academy had ahead of one to achieve easy victory.

As many remember from the 80’s, 90’s and many Academy announcements, a celebrity and whoever the current President of the Academy was at the time took the stage surrounded by five small screens. And then, in a room full of nervous publicists, weary journalists and other industry figures, the reveal of the main categories would have the crowd gasping and groaning.

For those of us who have been watching at home, it’s one of the traditions that has made many awards enthusiasts (including myself) fall in love with the Academy and the celebration of filmmaking.

As technology and the industry changed, the five small tube TVs were removed and expanded into one large screen with film stills and splits. In 2015, the Academy made its most prestigious move – announcing all 24 categories. From the producers of the best picture to the directors of the animated short, crafters could now see their names and film titles on screen and read from Hollywood’s leading personalities. It would be split in two as not every TV station would broadcast the artisan category reading (but they definitely should). This process would produce the likes of JJ Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron in year one, and Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee in year two.

The sounds from the room, aside from the actual awards ceremony, still remain the most memorable and beautiful moments of the awards season. However, in 2019 they began to move away from the grand spectacle and rely on the simple text to get the job done for them. Excitement was minimal in this format, lacking the shocks and reactions with the announcers in a smaller room format, and lacking the AMPAS President.

To celebrate the return of the personal format, diversity enumerates the five most memorable morning announcements that elicited the best reactions from the room.

Award: Adrien Brody jokingly tries to kiss Frank Pierson. Academy nominations in person: Five memorable moments

Charles Jones

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