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PG not performing on Oscars [Feb. 16th, 2009|10:00 am]
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Peter Gabriel pulls out of Oscars to protest 65-second limit on nominated songs

By Associated Press

2:31 PM CST, February 13, 2009
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In this Jan. 28, 2008 file photo, musician and singer Peter Gabriel poses during the 42nd International Record Music Publishing and Video Music Market (MIDEM) in Cannes, southern France. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File) (Lionel Cironneau, AP / January 28, 2008)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Gabriel's minute in the Oscars spotlight will lack one important element: Peter Gabriel.

The Academy Award-nominated singer won't perform at the Feb. 22 ceremony to protest an apparently revamped presentation of best original song contenders. Gabriel says in a video on his Web site that he objects to the songs being shortened to 65 seconds apiece and made part of a medley.

"It's a bit unfortunate because the songwriters, even though they're a small part of the whole filmmaking process, we still work bloody hard and deserve a place in the ceremony as well," the 59-year-old singer said.

Gabriel is nominated alongside Thomas Newman for "Down To Earth" from "WALL-E."

The British musician says he'll still attend the Oscars, but is hoping a gospel choir will stand in for him onstage.

Organizers have warned that this year's ceremony will be full of new twists, including the way categories are presented. The academy did not immediately respond Friday to a request for comment.


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[User Picture]From: kestrel1
2009-02-16 06:33 pm (UTC)
The problem is the Oscars keep getting bigger and longer and they keep trying to cram a ton of stuff in a 3-4 hour time block.

Of course, they never do it, because people tend to ramble on their speeches and whatnot, so the Oscars end up lasting an extra hour or more. I seem to recall one year the Oscars not ending until well after midnight. People complain about the Oscars taking too long, and typically the ratings for TV are low, so it ends up losing the networks money since they could be selling ad spots on TV shows that do much better ratings wise.

So, things get trimmed and cut. IIRC, they didn't even show clips for a lot of the nominees last year, and they tried (in vain) to keep speeches down to under 60 seconds or so, but they still went over time by an hour. Cutting songs out probably saves them a good solid 10-20 minutes, but since it's the only real performance of the night, the show will just turn into 4+ hours of people patting themselves on the back, which is even more boring to watch.

Edited at 2009-02-16 06:33 pm (UTC)
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