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Oscar Watch: Denzel Washington

Oscar winner to make seventh appearance

Denzel Washington, Oscar winner and a nominee again this year, is slated to make his seventh appearance as a presenter at the 74th Academy Awards on March 24.

And for those who get tickets: Congrats. The move to the Kodak Theatre is causing Academy officials more ticketing headaches than usual. Seating is 3,100, significantly fewer than the 4,000 who sat at the Shrine.

Every member is sent an invitation, though many can’t attend. Of the members who asked for tickets, about 275 will get disappointing news, said Acad exec director Bruce Davis. Members who were willing to take top balcony seats did OK, Davis said, “but for those who only wanted the prime orchestra or mezzanine seating, it was brutal.”

AMPAS prexy Frank Pierson is asking members for understanding if ticket requests couldn’t be granted and is alerting this year’s attendees to the likelihood they won’t be attending the 75th anni Oscarcast.

“There’s a huge interest in seeing the new theater and the terrific show that Laura Ziskin is bringing to it,” Pierson said, “and that’s good. But it also means that, even with more good seats available than we used to have at the Chandler Pavilion, we’re having to send out more turn-down letters this year.”

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