I’ve been watching past Oscar winners on youtube in the 60’s, and as the presenters called the nominees, no one clapped. Were they asked to hold all applause until all the names were read, and the actual winner was announced? It was just a pattern, I noticed while watching, which is obiviously something completely different now.
There were no clips back then and even the nominees were barely shown when their names were called to the point viewers couldn’t be sure who was present. I guess it made sense to applaud just the winner and make show shorter.
I noticed that, too, and that makes sense. It was just odd to see. My how the whole award show has changed. For obvious reasons, of course, though.
That still happens at the BAFTAs. The British audience is hardly as enthusiastic as Academy or any other American televised show audience. They even seem hesitant to stand up for the Fellowship winner which usually is the only standing ovation of the night. They didn’t even bother to stand up for their future king when Prince William came. The Americans would’ve ate it up and pooped it out all the while standing and howling and cheering.
I remember watching Patty Duke’s win for the The Miracle Worker on YouTube – the presentation is so boring it’s kind of hilarious. George Chakiris walks on and, unsmiling, cuts right to the chase: ‘The nominees for best actress in a supporting role are…’ No applause of course, and Angela Lansbury looks very nervous. ‘And the winner is… Patty Duke!’ Chakiris finally cracks a smile as 15-year-old Patty walks up the aisle. Her speech? ‘Thankyou.’ And off she goes. The end.