Birmingham Evening Mail
February 14, 1998
THE ENTERTAINMENT BIZ: OSCAR DAY/OSCAR NIGHT (Tomorrow, BBC2, 9.30pm) THIS new series about the entertainment industry looks at the big Oscar night – when the 13-and-a-half inch, gold-plated tin alloy statues of a naked man are officially presented as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Award of Merit. With high-profile interviews, behind-the-scenes shots and live commentary, this six-part series paints a vivid portrait of an industry which is now worth a mammoth pounds 45 billion per year. The big day itself throws together stars, fans, journalists, florists, designers, chauffeurs, jewellers, photographers, television crews, and security men and women on a red carpet rollercoaster to success or failure. Dustin Hoffman – surprisingly nominated again this year for Wag The Dog – James Woods and Brenda Blethyn are some of the many film stars interviewed about winning and losing. Other contributors include Holly Hunter, Quentin Tarantino, Mira Sorvino, Mel Gibson, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Anthony Minghella, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Tom Hanks, Bette Midler, Lynn Redgrave, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr and KevinSpacey.