Pond replies: 'Awards never moved,' 'Dreamgirls' songs didn't change
At DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com, Nikki Finke rebuts Steve Pond's response to reported Oscar spoilers by saying, "I have just found out that, after posting here 'My 8 Spoilers On Oscar Telecast' very early Friday morning, some of the plans for tonight's Academy Awards show have changed. I'm told some of these alterations were made over this weekend because of my spoilers, and some because the changes weren't popular. But I'm told that, at the time I wrote them, my spoilers were correct."
Finke adds, "As of early Friday, when I reported it, all the actor categories had been pushed back to the last third of the show. But, again, the organizers have re-thought this, in part I'm told because my news generated a big hue-and-cry. Now the actor awards will be more spread out again."
Finke also says, "Yes, it was planned that the three Dreamgirls — Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, and Anika Noni Rose — would sing each others' songs. Now, I'm told, the organizers have responded to criticism of this. So it won't be as cut-and-dry as originally arranged."
However, Pond replies, "I have the copies of every daily show breakdown starting from Monday of this week and the awards never moved. The 'Dreamgirls' songs have not changed. They were pre-recorded several days ago, all with the same arrangements that will be used tonight. There was never anything changed in reaction to any of her reports."
Pond has been at the Oscar scene personally for a long while, filing reports for The Envelope. In fact, he attended two rehearsals last week and every rehearsal this week. "Earlier I made several visits to the Sony lot before that and knew what was going on," he adds. "I have been in touch with producer Laura Ziskin since late November." Yesterday he attended rehearsals from early morning to 11 p.m.