Forget those crazy Bridesmaids or the performance by Cirque du Soleil: One of director Don Mischer’s favorite Oscar moments came at the very end, when the show wrapped after three hours and 13 minutes. That means the 71-year-old Hollywood veteran had overseen the shortest Academy Awards ceremony since 1985, when it clocked in at a speedy three hours and nine minutes.
Not bad for his second year in this particular control booth. Mischer has spearheaded the Emmys many times, as well as a number of other live events. For this year’s Oscars, he shared producing duties with Brian Grazer, and says he was very pleased with the telecast: ”You spend a lot of time trying to coordinate what’s being done, imagining it to be perfect…and then some jerk drops an F-bomb.” Fortunately, the censors hit the bleep button when documentarian TJ Martin (Undefeated) cursed on stage.
Not everything was caught in time. A pesky sound problem still dumbfounds Mischer: ”The sound was good leaving our sound truck, and ABC transmitted it properly. It happened someplace downstream.” But Mischer takes pride in small victories, like knowing when to stick with a head-to-toe shot of a leggy Angelina Jolie. ”It was a very dramatic look.”