Every year, celebrities take their place for one of the most star-studded events of the year — the Oscars. A recently published video reveals that making the “magic” happen is about a lot more than keeping the stars’ acceptance speeches within the time limit.
In the clip, viewers get a behind-the-scenes look into the organized chaos that ensues when Cuba Gooding, Jr., delivers what has been dubbed one of the “most memorable” speeches ever as he accepts the Oscar for Supporting Actor in the movie “Jerry Maguire” at the 69th Academy Awards in 1997 (the video is incorrectly dated).
The video shows producers working to anticipate everything the star is going to say before he or she says it in order to display a seamless presentation on TV screens across the U.S., and it gets intense.
“In this kind of a genre, you listen to the speeches,” the producer in the clip said.
The producer says “in all probability” the celebrity will thank his or her mother, father, agent and producer. But the real work is in anticipating who the star is going to name as the “one man that’s been very influential” in his or her career.
“Now, I’ve got six guys out there and I’m going, ‘Who is he talking about? Who is he talking about? … Who could it be? Read his bio!’” he said.
“Well he was influenced by Sir Lawrence Olivier … He’s in the back — go get Lawrence Olivier. And by the time he says, ‘That man is Lawrence Olivier,’ bam, I cut it in to Lawrence Olivier and I go, ‘Yes!’” the producer said hypothetically of how he finds the celebrity mentioned during an acceptance speech.
As it turns out, Gooding’s acceptance speech was filled with those “very influential” people, leaving the television producers shuffling to find every person the actor referenced before he named them — and they did.
Watch the intense clip:
(H/T: Boing Boing)