Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Teenaged Oscar Presenters for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards......

The announcement that Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron and "Twilight" stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner were selected as presenters for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards might have been less shocking if the awards ceremony were, instead, the Teen Choice Awards.

In an obvious attempt to score ratings with the ever more-important teenage demographic, it was announced that four of the hottest young stars of film and music were selected to be Oscar presenters. Though, the possibility of Zac Efron -- who was also a presenter at last year's awards ceremony -- sitting in the audience next to Mickey Rooney is appealing.

Is this the road Oscar is now going down? Apparently it is. This comes after a long list of changes for 2010 including the expansion of the Best Picture category from 5 nominees to 10 and the deep-sixing of Best Song performances. (Let's hope, for her sake, Miss Cyrus is not nominated for one of those in the near future; she may not be invited back on-stage.)

Until this year, the Academy Awards had been one of the last staples of tradition to not dramatically change its formula for ratings, instead using the forum to honor its long and storied tradition. It's not to say that's no longer going to happen, but the inclusion of this younger generation of star power presenters is a striking shift from even last year when Hugh Jackman entertained the masses with Broadway-style dance numbers. In other words: There was no groundswell of support in the mid-1990's to anoint Jonathan Taylor Thomas an Oscar presenter.

At least they'll be able to do it all from a glittery new stage. The Oscar stage was also revealed today and -- from the looks of the model, which hearkens more 1970's-era Studio 54 than the Kodak Theater -- it does appear quite shiny.

Let's just hope co-hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin refrain from too many "Twilight" inspired Team Edward, Team Jacob jokes -- and we all know they're coming, too. Of course they are: These are the new look Academy Awards for 2010.

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