Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The Worst Oscar Coverage: E!

The list is here. (And go here for my initial reacton.) The yahoos at E! went on and on about Terrence Howard getting a nomination even though he only appeared onscreen for a few minutes -- confusing Howard's best actor nod for "Hustle & Flow" with his appearance in "Crash," which wasn't nominated. Then they claimed -- wrongly -- that George Clooney received four nominations, tying him with Warren Beatty and Orson Welles. Actually, he got three nomination. Numerous other flubs. They did answer one question I had: the announcers see the list about an hour and a half before going on air so they can practice name pronunications. Does the Academy take away their cell phones or are they on the honor system?

NOTE: Oscar expert Damien Bona tells me "Brokeback Mountain's" "A Love That Will Never Grow Old" wasn't eligible because it wasn't heard in the film for long enough. In that case, they should have nominated the lovely, wrenching "The Maker Makes" by Rufus Wainwright, which plays over the end credits.


Donnarie said...

ABC's Joel Siegel made the same mistake about Clooney. We'd JUST watched them list the producers for "Good Night and Good Luck," and Clooney wasn't named. Then they go to the GMA studio and Joel is doing the Orson Welles 4-nom comparison thing. I was staring at my TV thinking I'd missed something--or was losing my mind.

Anonymous said...

I am happy to shut out Brokeback Mountain in the song category because of Ang Lee's lazy inclusion of Steve Earle's Devil's Right Hand, a song released in the late 80s, on the jukebox during the 70s dance between Ennis and his shortlived girlfriend.

Michael in New York said...

That was a really bad song cue -- it pulled me out of the scene too, since I'm a big fan of Steve Earle. Just a dumb mistake.