Mar 17, 2003  •  Post A Comment

While planning for this year’s Academy Awards is proceeding normally, a cloud hangs over the event. Besides the challenge of HDTV, the Oscars are facing competition from war, including the possibility that the show will be interrupted by news broadcasts. Producer Gil Cates says the show will go on, even if it means occasional news breaks and a news crawl at the bottom of the screen.
“If there are world events that warrant coverage on the night of the Academy Awards, ABC News will bring them to the American audience with the full support of the academy,” ABC Senior VP Kevin Brockman said.
Academy President Frank Pierson said in a statement: “The possibility of war or a high security alert are always on our minds, as they must be to most people. Our security plans are aimed at making people at the Oscars … feel both safe and comfortable. We will meet any new or unexpected events with these goals as our guidelines.”
In the past, the Oscars have been postponed for tragic events but never canceled. The show was delayed a week in 1938 when there was severe flooding in the L.A. area. They were postponed two days for the funeral in 1968 of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and were postponed overnight in 1981 when President Reagan was shot hours before the awards ceremony was scheduled to begin.