A change may be in the works for the production team behind the Academy Awards ceremony after a three-year run by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as producers.
Variety quotes a tweet that came Saturday night from Zadan: “Hoping that whoever produces the #Oscars next year will retain our innovations: #TeamOscar program & reading all 24 nom on Oscar nom morning.”
The story, which says the tweet “seemed like a cryptic goodbye to Hollywood’s biggest night,” notes that the Motion Picture Academy has not made an announcement on the subject. The Academy’s publicity office did not answer requests for comment, Variety adds.
The report notes: “This year’s Neil Patrick Harris-hosted Oscars was down 16% in the ratings from last year, hitting a six-year low in total viewer count. While much of the dip in ratings has been attributed to the lack of awareness surrounding the contenders — ‘American Sniper’ was the only bonafide hit in the best picture category — others also criticized the show itself, taking aim at its long run time and certain jokes that didn’t stick.”