BEIJING, Jan. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- Film fans will soon
know who is on the list for Academy Awards nominations, but whether any nominees
will be on hand for the awards ceremony is still uncertain because of the
The list of Oscar nominees Tuesday is expected to
include such stars as Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis and
That smattering of talent alone would ensure that a
lot of people at home would tune in to the Feb. 24 ceremony. But without the
cooperation of the striking Writers Guild of America, celebrities might honor
the union's picket lines and stay away from the Oscars, leaving the show's
planners to either scrap the telecast or come up with some new form of Oscar
ceremony unlike anything audiences have seen before.
The buzz around Hollywood is the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a backup plan to put on the show without
the blessing of writers and stars, but they declined to disclose details.
Gil Cates, producer of the Oscar telecast, has vowed
the show will come off no matter what, hinting the program could be padded with
clips from 80 years of Oscar history if writers and stars do not cooperate.
Officially, the academy says it is moving ahead with
the red carpet and awards ceremony as usual.
"We are planning to have our show on Feb. 24 at the
Kodak Theatre with an audience of 3,300 people and a television audience
significantly larger than that," said academy spokeswoman Leslie Unger.
Next to the Super Bowl, the Oscars are the
most-watched annual broadcast in the United States. Last year, 40.2 million
Americans tuned in to the Oscars.