Hold on…more Steve Pond swat-downs of Nikki Finke‘s previously posted Oscar show spoilers. The Envelope‘s Tom O’Neil has just spoken to Pond and been told that “a lot of her stuff is either misleading or wrong.”
Wrongo #1: Finke “claims that each of the Dreamgirls will sing each others’ songs — that’s misleading,” says Pond. “All I can really say is that the number is very collaborative, but if you love Beyonce singing ‘Listen’ or Jennifer Hudson singing ‘Love You, I Do,’ you’re not going to be disappointed.”
Wrongo #2: “It’s true that one of the supporting awards will not be handed out in the first third of the show,” says Pond, “which is the usual, but if you break the show into thirds, there’s one acting award in the first third, one acting award in the middle third and two acting awards in the last third.”
Wrongo #3: Finke has written that the Oscar show will “kick off with an extensive and inspired piece of CGI trickery” and that “dead wrong,” says Pond. “There is no extensive and inspired piece of CGI trickery in the Oscar show. There may be something in the pre-show. I’m not sure. But there is nothing like that in the show.
“The show starts off with a film by Errol Morris that involves all of the nominees. Otherwise, Ellen DeGeneres does not appear doing anything with movie scenes. She’s not dancing with the Happy Feet penguins. The Happy Feet penguins make two appearances in the show. Neither of them involves Ellen. As I say, maybe there’s something in the pre-show, but not in the regular show.”