With Allan Carr in charge, there were bound to be changes in the way the Oscar show would be staged.
There won't be any "presenters" or ". . . and the winner is . . . ." Instead, there will be "star participants" who, when they open the envelopes, will say, " . . . and the Oscar goes to . . . ."
There won't be a master of ceremonies, either, even though long-running Oscar host champ Bob Hope will make an appearance. And none of the Oscar-nominated songs will be sung.
If there are multiple nominees, one speaker must be designated ahead of time to accept the award should the group win. Carr says acceptance speeches will be limited to 45 seconds in length.
There are two major production numbers, but no "song of the year" nominees will be sung. Clips from the five best-picture nominees will be emphasized.
All of the plans, of course, are as of press time and may be adjusted again and again before air time. In any event, Carr promises the telecast "will be shorter than 'Lawrence of Arabia.' " (Just remember, movie fans, the Oscar-winning "Lawrence" clocks in at 3 hours, 36 minutes in it's current, restored release.)
Order of Events
Here is the order of the Oscar show, subject to last-minute changes:
Musical Production staged by Steve Silver, honoring Hollywood's landmarks. Number features Dick Van Dyke, the Nicholas Brothers, Merv Griffin, Coral Browne, Rob Lowe, Cyd Charisse, Dale Evans, Alice Faye, Dorothy Lamour, Tony Martin, Vincent Price, Buddy Rogers, Roy Rogers, Irving Lazar, Eileen Bowman, Val Diamond, Shelly Werk, Lillian Colon, Holly Vonk, Army Archerd.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences President Richard Kahn makes opening remarks. Introduces Tom Selleck, who welcomes the worldwide audience and introduces the first star participants.
Supporting actress, presented by Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson.
Film clip of best-picture nominee "The Accidental Tourist," presented by Jame Fonda.
Sound and sound effects editing, presented by James Stewart and Kim Novak.
Makeup, presented by Robert Downey Jr. and Cybill Shepherd.
Film tribute to 1950s movie musicals, introduced by Patrick Swayze.
Original score, presented by Doris Day, Patrick Swayze and Marvin Hamlisch.
Honorary award to the National Film Board of Canada, presented by Donald and Kiefer Sutherland.
Film clip of best-picture nominee "Mississippi Burning," presented by Raquel Welch.
Art direction, presented by Willem Dafoe and Gene Hackman.
Costume design, presented by Bo Derek and Dudley Moore.
Film tribute to great movie tap dancers, introduced by Billy Crystal.
Montage of past Oscar-winning songs.
Song, presented by Sammy Davis Jr. and Gregory Hines.
Foreign language film, presented by Candice Bergen, Jacqueline Bisset and Jack Valenti.
Film clip of best-picture nominee, "Rain Man," presented by Anjelica Huston.
Supporting actor, presented by Michael Caine and Sean Connery.
Visual effects, presented by Lloyd, Beau and Jeff Bridges.
Walter Matthau introduces Bob Hope and Lucille Ball, who will present the Young Hollywood production number: "I Wanna be an Oscar Winner." Features: Keith Coogan, Patrick Dempsey, Corey Feldman, Joely Fisher, Tricia Leigh Fisher, Savion Glover, Carrie Hamilton, Page Hannah, Ricki Lake, Matt Lattanzi, Chad Lowe, Tracy Nelson, Patrick O'Neal, Corey Parker, D.A. Pawley, Tyrone Power Jr., Holly Robinson, Christian Slater and Blair Underwood.
Documentary short, presented by Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum.
Documentary feature, presented by Edward James Olmos and Barbara Hershey.
Film clip of best-picture nominee, "Dangerous Liaisons," presented by Anne Archer.
Special achievement award for animation director to Richard Williams.
Cinematography, presented by Demi Moore and Bruce Willis.
Live-action short film and animated short film, presented by Carrie Fisher and Martin Short.
Actor, presented by Michael Douglas.
Film clip of best-picture nominee, "Working Girl," presented by Ali MacGraw.
Editing, presented by Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal.
Scientific and technical Achievement awards, presented by Angie Dickinson.
Original screenplay, presented by Richard Dreyfuss and Amy Irving.
Adapted screenplay, presented by Michelle Pfeiffer and Dennis Quaid.
Director, presented by Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.
Actress, presented by Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise.
Best picture, presented by Cher.