By Mark Laherty
Disney has an inappropriate level of control over the Academy Awards. I don’t mean that they’re winning too many. I mean that Disney owns ABC, which is the channel that broadcasts the Oscars – and they’re placing the commercial break during four awards with no Disney-produced nominations. I hope none of you dear readers have any interest in editing, cinematography, costumes/hairstyling, or short films, because why would anyone watching the Oscars care about those?
[Between time of writing and time of publication, the Academy has rolled back its decision. However, the huge influence of Disney remains an issue – and the fact that the experiment was only scrapped after huge public pushback says a lot.]