Oscar may be in a New York state of mind, but his feet are firmly planted in Hollywood.
Academy officials on Thursday refuted reports that the Academy Awards may move to New York. “There’s no question we’re doing the show at the Kodak,” exec director Bruce Davis said.
While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has not been approached about a move, Davis said it’s possible the show could feature a segment from Gotham. “We’re willing to talk,” he said. “But we don’t even have a producer yet; it’s way premature to talk about it.”
The Acad has a 20-year contract to do its shows from the Kodak Theatre in the Hollywood & Highland complex. The 74th Oscarcast in March marked the first show from the new venue.
At least one Gotham paper is reported to be working on a story about a Gotham-Oscar connection. And the Internet’s Drudge Report on Thursday said, “New York showbiz industry and political leaders are on the verge of making a serious pitch to bring the Academy Awards to New York City.”
Oscar has featured non-Hollywood segments in the past. At the 65th annual ceremony, an award was announced from the Academy’s official Gotham party. Other Oscarcasts have included segments from Moscow and aboard the space shuttle.
Meanwhile, the Acad board of governors held a late meeting Thursday to elect a slate of officers. Frank Pierson was expected to be re-elected to the prexy post.