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UPDATE: Deadline Hollywood vs. Gold Derby: Spoiler Smackdown!


Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil, who’ll also be live-blogging tonight, tries to refute the Spoilers posted on Deadline Hollywood. He’s got Steve Pond commenting on the said spoilers. And naturally, Deadline Hollywood comes back strong, writing:

I’m told some of these alterations were made over this weekend because of my spoilers, and some because the changes weren’t popular.

Pond replies to the reply. Cut it out, you two!

FBLA does the math–and does it again.

DH vs. GD: The Scoreboard

DH: 1, This first secret is big. Huge. Gigantic. It’s that Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and George Lucas…

GD: No mention

Spoiler! DH 1, GD 0

DH: 2. I can reveal another secret which the Academy is keeping–that Tom Cruise will be presenting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to ex-Paramount mogul Sherry Lansing.

GD: that was reported by Slate a day or two before.

Unspoiler! DH 1, GD 1

DH: 3. Here’s another spoiler: Oscar telecast producer Laura Ziskin and Dreamgirls director Bill Condon have planned that each of the Dreamgirls — Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, and Anika Noni Rose–will sing each others’ songs from the movie.

GD: All I can really say is that the number is very collaborative.

GD: The ‘Dreamgirls’ songs have not changed. They were pre-recorded several days ago, all with the same arrangements that will be used tonight. There was never anything changed in reaction to any of her reports.

Spoiler! DH 2, GD 1

Un-Spoiler! DH 1, GD 2

DH: 4. Here’s another secret: I’m told that there’s a big change in the order that the awards will be presented.

GD: It is true that one of the supporting awards will not be handed out in the first third of the show, which is the usual…

GD:I have the copies of every daily show breakdown starting from Monday of this week and the awards never moved.

Spoiler! DH 3, GD 1
Un-Spoiler! DH 1, GD 3

DH: 5. I can also report that, after a few years absence, three members of the longstanding Oscars’ comedic writing team are back together on the job: Bruce Vilanch, Carrie Fisher and Carol Leifer.

GD: This is the first time in five years that all three have been on the show together. But Bruce and Carol have been on the show more recently than that.

No points awarded. DH 1, GD 3

DH: 6. Ellen DeGeneres is writing the opening monologue on her own and with her own team. I hear she has decreed it won’t be political or mean-spirited.

GD: that’s what every host does

No points awarded. DH 1, GD 3

DH: . I can provide you with another nugget: the Oscar telecast kicks off with an expensive and “inspired piece of CGI trickery”,

GD: There is no extensive and inspired piece of CGI trickery in the Oscar show. There may be something in the pre-show.

Spoiler! DH 2 GD 3

DH: 8. And, the Oscar broadcast will feature some clip packages directed by top names in Hollywood–Michael Mann, Nancy Meyers.

GD: No mention

Spoiler! DH 3 GD 3

FBLA is pretty sure that O’Neil had had spoilers, the LAT wouldn’t have printed them. Not everyone cares about spoilers.

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