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AdJetzt ist die beste Zeit, in Kryptowährungen zu investieren! Erfahren Sie wieFootwear NewsA Ma Maniére is paying homage to the strength and resilience of Black women.58 minutes agoCan We Please Get Steve Kornacki on the Oscars Show?A version of this story first appeared in the Oscar Nominations Preview issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine. Every year, I try to explain how the Oscars’ system of vote-counting works, delving into the intricacies of ranked-choice voting (the Academy calls it the preferential system) and attempting to point out why it’s a pretty good way to determine a winner. But this year, I’m going to scrap that approach. Instead, since this will probably be a low-rated Oscar show (and what do they have to lose?), I’m going to suggest that for one year, the Oscars scrap ranked-choice voting in favor of … the Oscars Electoral College! And then I’ll go further and say that PricewaterhouseCoopers should report the results in real time during the Oscar show, and that the Academy should hire MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki to give us constant updates on the AMPAS version of The Big Board at the side of the Dolby Theatre or Union Station stage. (Or from a studio somewhere.) Kornacki will of course be exempt from the Oscars’ black-tie dress code; he must wear khakis and a white shirt with rolled-up sleeves, and how could this fail to get better ratings than a parade of sealed envelopes? The U.S. Electoral College would have to be adjusted a bit, of course. The Academy’s 17 branches, plus its members-at-large, would replace the 50 states, so there wouldn’t be as many electoral votes. Each branch would get two electoral votes to begin with, just as every state does, and then the rest would be allocated by the size of the branch. Also Read: Oscars to Be Held at Dolby Theatre and Union Station in Los Angeles The biggest branch, the actors, would end up with 25 electoral votes, making them the California of this race. The smallest branch, casting directors, would only have four, and they would complain because without them the actors wouldn’t have jobs. (By the way, I’ve worked out the percentages and my figures are an actual proportional equivalent to the U.S. Electoral College.) Every few minutes during the show, Kornacki would show up to explain that if “Nomadland” could put together wins in the branches for cinematographers (seven electoral votes), producers (12), production designers (nine) and marketing and public relations (12), it might be able to block “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” even if that film wins among actors (25) and writers (11) — and that short films and feature animation could be the key swing branch with 16 electors. Maybe the executives branch comes in early with its 13 votes for “Mank,” the costume designers branch with five for “Promising Young Woman” and the sound branch with 11 for “Sound of Metal,” but returns from the directors and documentary branches are counted (and recounted!) more slowly, leaving the race hanging in the balance into the show’s fourth hour. Kornacki, though, would remain composed as he ran through all the possible scenarios for viewers who would be cutting down on the bathroom breaks or snack runs lest they miss the moment when the race is called. Also Read: Can Oscars Avoid the Ratings Disaster Felt by the Golden Globes and Grammys? Would it be fairer than using ranked-choice? No, it wouldn’t. Would it be more entertaining? Damn right it would. Would it cause people to panic, worrying that the races in the music branch and the members-at-large might not be called for four days? Maybe. And would it lead to the losing film suing the Academy and claiming that PwC rigged the count? Probably not — this may be Hollywood, but even in the dream factory we don’t believe those kind of fantasies. Also Read: Oscar's Longest Losing Streaks: 12 People With 10-Plus Nominations and No Wins (Photos) Addendum: As noted above, this story first appeared in TheWrap’s print magazine in early March. When I wrote it, I was well aware that the electoral college system is an awkward fit for competitions in which there are a large number of candidates — it’s much better suited to a presidential contest with two main contenders. But the idea was to have fun with this and not sweat the details. And now that the nominations are out and details are emerging about the show, I want to add this: The scenario I lay out here won’t really work, but Steve Kornacki on the Oscars will. We don’t even need Best Picture results revealed in real time through the ceremony — we can cut to him after Best Film Editing is handed out, for instance, and he can explain that the category’s winner only goes on to win Best Picture about half the time, but that only two films in 40 years have won Best Picture without an editing nomination. It doesn’t sound entertaining when I write it, but I know it will be when he says it. Read more from TheWrap’s Oscar Nominations Preview issue here. Read original story Can We Please Get Steve Kornacki on the Oscars Show? At TheWrap
an hour agoCould the Infamous ‘Star Wars Holiday Special’ End Up on Disney+?Disney is adding a tidal wave of “Star Wars” content to its streaming site, Disney+, and some of the upcoming films hint at a possible revival of George Lucas’ infamous “Star Wars Holiday Special” movie. Until now, the “Star Wars Holiday Special” has been locked away, viewable mainly via unauthorized youTube uploads in all its insane, horrible late-70s glory. But in April, one of the few parts of the special that isn’t considered a historic embarrassment — the animated short that introduced Boba Fett to the “Star Wars” universe, “The Story of the Faithful Wookie” — will begin streaming on Disney+. It’s just one of the long-unexploited “Star Wars” spinoff projects coming to Disney+ beginning April 2. Others include the 1984 live-action movie “Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure,” the animated limited series “Star Wars: Ewoks” from 1985 and animated shorts from Gennedy Tartakovsky’s “Star Wars: Clone Wars” series. Disney+ will also add the live-action flick “Ewoks: Battle for Endor.” Also Read: Why Did George Lucas Do the 'Star Wars' Prequels? Kathleen Kennedy Thinks She Knows the Answer But die-hard “Star Wars” fans either looking to relive days gone by or embrace the cringe are still wondering when they’ll be able to see the full holiday special. For those of you who forgot — or weren’t alive — the “Star Wars Holiday Special” was a variety special that aired exactly one time in 1978. It’s set on Chewbacca’s home, the Wookie planet Kashyyyk. In the special, Chewbacca and everyone’s favorite space swashbuckler Han Solo return to Kashyyyk for a holiday celebration with Chewbacca’s family — which includes his wife and hilariously named son (Lumpawaroo) and dad (Itchy). Because it wouldn’t be “Star Wars” without the looming threat of Lord Darth Vader, Chewy and Han also spend a fair bit of time running from the Galactic Empire, in between song and dance numbers and cameos. The “Star Wars Holiday Special” also featured some of the era’s big TV stars, including Bea Arthur, “Blazing Saddles” star Harvey Korman, the band Jefferson Starship and Diahann Carroll. Notable for absolutely bargain basement fx and some uh, extremely cringe performances, it was universally panned and has never bee re-aired. Also Read: Bob Iger: George Lucas 'Felt Betrayed' When Disney Didn't Use His 'Star Wars' Sequel Plans Lucas wasn’t extremely involved in the “Star Wars Holiday Special” production, and he was reportedly so unhappy with the final product that he decided to literally lock it away from public view. Apparently Lucas signed on to the holiday special because he thought it could be a way in for CBS or Fox to fund “Star Wars” cartoons, and the actual variety show “wasn’t something he was particularly interested in,” according to an animator at Nelvana who worked on the film. Regardless, it might be time for the holiday special to see the light of day, uh, legally we mean. Disney+ recently hit 100 million subscribers 16 months after launching, and “The Mandalorian” gave that number a huge boost. A nostalgia play with the full “Star Wars Holiday Special” could draw in new fans: “If subscriber numbers ever start to dip and Mickey specifically needs to bring back boomer ‘Star Wars’ fans for whatever reason, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Bea Arthur’s appearance at the Mos Eisley Cantina suddenly show up somewhere,” the AV Club noted. Read original story Could the Infamous ‘Star Wars Holiday Special’ End Up on Disney+? At TheWrapRead more: Yahoo Singapore »