Somber Oscars planned for this weekend

Mar 18, 2003 by Ian Evans

With the world poised on the brink of another war, the Academy has quite a dilemma on their hands. If “the show must go on”, how to do it with grace and dignity?

That question was partly answered by the show’s producer, Gil Cates. Announcing that the traditional red carpet would be truncated, Cates said, “The Academy is mindful that many of its celebrity guests would feel uncomfortable arriving at this year’s Awards at the beginning of a major war to face a business-as-usual phalanx of interviewers and photographers. The Academy’s decision is meant to address the concerns of these celebrities, and to reflect the circumstances under which we are now producing this show.”

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