Miley CyrusI don't know what your teenagers normally do on Sunday nights, but on March 7, every tweener between Tucson and Timbuktu is going to be glued to his or her TV set, ignoring everything boring about the annual Oscar telecast while waiting for the appearances of Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood where they will be presenting Academy Awards.

You don't think your kids will tune in? Neither do I, and in their hearts, I don't think the show's producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic think so, either. But they'd invite Bart Simpson if they thought there was a chance in animated hell of his adding a point to the show's TV ratings. Whether the Oscar goes to 'Avatar,' 'The Hurt Locker' or 'Inglourious Basterds,' 2009 will be remembered as The Year of Grasping at Straws on the part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

First, the Academy doubles the size of the Best Picture ballot, an act that can only add to the dullness of the Oscar show, and now they invite actors who still have their wisdom teeth to hand Oscars to people who have actually accomplished something in their careers. Though the Academy has not announced which awards the newcomers will present, you may be sure they won't be for big ones like acting, directing, or best picture.
categories Hot Topic, Oscars