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TV Junkie: Oscar Broadcast Adjustments=Just As Interminably Long

A glittery Oscar statue awaits the announcement of this year's nominations on January 25th [Photo by Christine Ziemba / LAist]
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To be filed in the "We'll See If It Makes A Difference" Department: The producers of next week's Academy Awards show have said that they will eliminate some of the movie montages that have appeared in recent years as well as the multiple testimonials each nominated actor has been receiving. No word on if the infamous "death montage" will remain included. What will return to the Oscars broadcast is performances of nominated songs, with the following artists lined up: Randy Newman will perform "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3; Mandy Moore and Zachary Levy, will sing the duet "I See The Light" from Tangled; Gwyneth Paltrow will sing "Coming Home" from Country Strong; and Florence + the Machine will perform "If I Rise" with A.R. Rahman from 127 Hours.This leads us to believe that the broadcast will be at least as long as in previous years. Have plenty of booze on hand and look out for our suggested cocktails later this week.
LAist has been doing a lot of reporting about Banksy over the last week and you may or may not know that he has been nominated for an Academy Award for his documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop. Oscar organizers say he is more than welcome to attend but we're not sure he will appear. The globe-trotting artist is definitely in town to promote his documentary via his recent antics and we hope the Academy gets the message.
Last week we kind of crapped on the Grammys and it turns out we weren't the only one unhappy with the proceedings. Music executive Steve Stoute slammed the show in a full page ad in yesterday's New York Times claiming that the Grammys "has become a series of hypocrisies and contradictions." Not that we agree with Stoute on the same points, but its interesting to see that even within the industry the show was a major disappointment.
If you missed Chromeo performing in LA over the weekend you can see them tonight on "Conan" (we saw them a year ago, almost to the day, at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver - they were a blast).