Publicist to Academy: Don't Ban Us From Oscar Nominations Announcement (Guest Column)

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Dorothea Sargent, a longtime awards consultant who contributed to the Oscar campaigns of The Reader, No Country for Old Men and The Queen, among many others, wrote the following letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Friday after the Academy announced that it no longer will reveal the Oscar nominees in front of a live audience, as it has done for decades, but instead will produce its own announcement video that it will post on the web and offer to broadcasters. An open letter to the Academy: I have been an awards consultant/publicist since 2003. Over the past 14 years I have experienced many incredible moments in the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre on Wilshire Boulevard on Oscar nomination morning. I am one of the diehards who wants to be there instead of in pajamas, in front of a computer screen or a television. I know there is a generation of publicists and consultants content to watch from the comfort of home on their phone. That’s not me. Let me try to convey to you the magic of that morning for me. I am not an actor, I never opened a Broadway show, never waited for the reviews at Sardi’s. But I know about those things through the magic of films (many of them black-and-white) that I watched with my mother late at night after the...

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