Hudlin and Hill talked about the whole process of producing the Oscars this year and keeping it exciting.
This year’s Oscar which were held this Sunday at the Dolby Digital Theatre were already marked with controversy with the OscarsSoWhite controversy.
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While a majority of African American population was called out to boycott the ceremony by political and religious leaders, the Oscars demographic went up by 1% especially with the male population between the ages of 18 to 34.
This is an achievement for the producers of the how Reginald Hudlin and David Hill. Both Hudlin and Hill sat down to talk about the show that they had put out.
They told LATimes that they had been planning the show since September. They had led the format and the design and the line-up discussions way before any controversy.
They were decided on Chris Rock because both of them appreciated Rock’s humour. They felt great that they had made such a great choice earlier on which made for a kicker show on Sunday as Rock dazzled and sparked as the host of the ceremony.
Both of the producers said that they wanted the show to be glamorous as per Oscar tradition but also hip and trendy and that’s why we had to get the hottest people on the show.
Kevin Hart and Morgan Freeman presenting the awards was a part of that plan. Furthermore the Minions and Woody and Buzz presenting the animation awards was also an inspired idea.
Hudlin said that the aim was to capture the audience. While many people would have just thought that they would watch the show for a minute but hung on to watching it till the end because it was funny, exciting and captivating.
The thank you real and introductory labels were also given credit to for capturing the attention of the male audience. According to them, the male population like an information based watching experience.
Talking about diversity and including multinational actors, they said that the goal was to include an array of actors based on their fan following. There was no direct intent to include or captivate a specific audience.
Hudlin and Hill have both done a great job in time of crisis and they delivered an Oscar ceremony that was much in danger of going down in flames.