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Oscarpic_2I caught up with Oscar show director Louis J. Horvitz in his control center at the Kodak Theater during Saturday afternoon’s rehearsals to get his take on this year’s show. “I realize this is not like a ‘Titanic’ year,” he admitted. “It’s like 19 different nominees from 19 different categories — one from one, one from another.”

However, he says it will be good for the viewing audience at home. “I’m going to try and have more cutaways to those in the audience. It will give the show more synergy, seeing a lot of people they may not have seen before — as well as being able to see, for instance, Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg together before their categories.”

Horwitz relishes the thought of cutting away to cast members of “The Departed,” including those not nominated (f’rinstance, Jack Nicholson). “It’s good for me,” he enthused. “There will be a lot of star-watching.” He will follow through on producer Laura Ziskin’s plan to make this show “a party,” saying, “She has a passion to do that.” And he’s pleased this year to follow winners offstage and capture remarks that are limited on stage but can now be heard and seen live via alternate transmissions — websites, etc. He admitted, “Today, people watch computers as much as television.”   

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