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Oscar changes won’t stop with Franco and Hathaway

By Sean O’Connell James Franco and Anne Hathaway aren’t the only shiny new items that will be on display when the 83rd Annual Academy Awards are televised Sunday, Feb. 27, on ABC. The Academy has several changes up its sleeve as it continues to seek new ways to entertain its audience (and fights to maintain its stronghold over competitive, televised shows like the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards and the SAG awards).

So what will be different? In an interview granted to THR, Oscar producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer revealed a handful of changes they hope will give the show “a facelift” while still being “respectful to its rich history.”

And what says “respect” like a tribute to dear old mom?

That’s right, the Oscars have recruited nine moms and one grandmother (Franco’s) to Tweet about the telecast on Twitter. Their being called “Mominees.” Adorable.

A lot of focus is being paid to the hosts, as well. Not only are they younger than previous hosts, this marks the first time that a male-female dup has co-hosted the Oscars from the same stage. (In the past, ensemble hosts presided over coastal ceremonies. This set-up will be a first.)

Movie montages, meanwhile, are out. So is the idea of a clunky set. THR reports that the Oscars will use a “virtual” set that is “designed to give the show a constantly-changing look. The virtual end goal is for Franco and Hathaway to take viewers on a trip through Hollywood history with six or seven scenic transitions.”

We’ll find out on Sunday if all of these changes give the Oscars a needed jolt, or of they overwhelm the reason why we tune in every year … to celebrate the actors, directors and their films.

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