Saturday, February 06, 2010

Keeping the Oscar® Nominations secret

To start your weekend off right, I found an interesting read from USA Today's Anthony Breznican. The lucky reporter got permission from the Academy to chronicle the events leading up to Tuesday's announcement of the 82nd Academy Awards nominations. (Thus, he knew some of the nominees before the rest of world found out. Awesome!)

Once inside the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' headquarters late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, depending on the staff member, there was no leaving and absolutely no communication with the outside world. Cellphones and smartphones were confiscated. No Internet access. Guards at the doors.

From 8:58 p.m. Monday up to the announcement at 5:38 a.m. Tuesday, the lucky few prepare to tell the world how the Academy members have voted.

"The accountants have the solemnity of undertakers, but the workers rip open the lids and pull out pages like overeager kids on Christmas morning," Breznican writes.

Find the article here
for your reading pleasure. Below, is a video from inside the Academy during the preparations.

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