There was an interesting article from a week or so ago, regarding this years Oscarcast. In case you didn't catch it, here's the link: USA Today Oscar article.
I'm happy about several things, as stated by the producers: (1.) Less "canned" clip reels (2.) That they are making it a celebration of ALL movies of the last year (I've been saying this for years!) (3.) They want a "party" atmosphere. (Although that sounds a little too like Allan Carr, and we know how the 89/90 Oscars turned out.)
The oddest thing in it was Bill Condon's comment that the 1968 show represents the "gold standard." Well, when did he see it last? 1968? When he was what, fifteen years old?
Anyway, I'm actually looking forward to this year's Oscars more than usual as a result of this article. Even a catastrophe would be a welcome sight.