There are nine best picture nominees. There’s a new host who’s never done this sort of show before.
It’s all adding up to an Oscar show that could drag on into the wee hours — 8 p.m. ET to, what, 1230? 1?
Veteran Oscar watcher/show insider Steve Pond suggests as much here. Having talked to Steve before (he’s written an Oscar backstage book), what he said then sticks with me. They’ve got so many awards to hand out, on the air, that anything they do to spruce the show up ends up dragging it out — time-wise.
It’s Sunday night, a work/school night.
Unless the Oscars are moved to President’s Day weekend, there’s no way most Americans will have the patience for a program that long, even if it has the odd dazzle or surprise.