Last year's Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner, Allison Janney, is responding to rumors that she and her fellow 2017 acting winners won't be asked back to this year's Oscars.
The first batch of presenters has just been announced and it doesn't include any of last year's acting winners. It's been traditional for each set of winners to hand off the statuettes at the next ceremony, but it doesn't seem to be happening this year.
Over the weekend, Janney wrote on her Instagram account @allisonjanneystyle that she is heartbroken by this evident break with precedent.
“It’s looking like they are not going to honor the tradition this year,” she wrote. “It breaks my heart.” She later deleted the post.
She was responding to commenters who wanted to know what she might wear to this year’s Oscars, since they naturally assumed she would present the best-supporting-actor category.
Last year's other acting winners -- Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell (who's nominated again this year for "Vice") -- have yet to comment on this rumored snub. And reps for the Academy declined to respond when Vanity Fair asked them for comment.
Among the other controversial changes reportedly happening this year (besides that whole "popular Oscar" category that never happened): Some Oscars may be handed out during commercial breaks and original song performances will be limited to 90 seconds each.
This compromise was supposed to have been reached after it was reported that the Academy had only wanted two out of the five nominated songs -- "Shallow," from a "A Star is Born" and "All the Stars" from "Black Panther" -- performed live.
New president of ABC Entertainment Karey Burke confirmed today that the show will not have a host and that she's determined to keep the show to a "brisk" 3 hours.
The Oscars are happening Sunday, February 24.
[Via Vanity Fair]