Despite the momentum of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and its piggybacking partner, Time's Up, Hollywood's Oscars producers don't want the movements stealing the show at the annual awards ceremony on March 4.
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A Thursday article in the New York Times titled, "In This #MeToo Moment, Academy Awards Want to Spotlight the Films," clearly pushes the message that the Oscar telecast will focus on films and not contemporary cultural movements like #MeToo.
Jennifer Todd, one of the Academy Awards' lead producers, told the Times, "We want to make it as entertaining as possible — reverential and respectful but also fun and emotional. The Oscars should be a spectacle. Fun and funny and great performances."
"It should also be a giant commercial for the movie business, which we all need to keep going," Todd added.
Channing Dungey, president of entertainment at ABC, told the newspaper that the while movements will have their respective nod, she hopes the movements won't overshadow the whole point of the ceremony — which is to honor artists and film projects.
"We certainly want to honor and respect Time’s Up and allow that message to be heard," Dungey said. "But we’re trying to make it more planned than spur of the moment — it has its moment and then doesn’t feel like it overshadows the artists and films being honored."
"I would love for every award recipient to not feel like they have to acknowledge [the Time's Up movement] independently," Dungey added.
The 2018 Golden Globes focused heavily on the #MeToo movement, and most of the actresses in attendance wore black in solidarity to honor the movement and its trajectory, and many brought activists as their guests.
The 90th Academy Awards will be held at 8 p.m. ET on March 4 on ABC.