“We always say we would take a streaker if we could have one,” Todd joked. De Luca added that the last time that a streaker showed up at the Academy Awards was in 1974, saying, “I guess it was a national fad back then.”
De Luca said that they got the gig of hosting the Oscars this year by chasing it.
“Then we got the job, then we got nervous,” De Luca said. “And we’re nervous still.”
De Luca added that one thing that will be slightly different this year is that they are giving all Oscar winners a 45-second time limit to give their acceptance speeches.
“We really feel it’s their time to shine in that 45 seconds,” De Luca said, but added, “by the way, it begins the minute they get out of the seat.”
De Luca also acknowledged that it is possible that some of the winners will get political during their speeches, and even he does not know what to expect.
“It’s actually kind of thrilling and scary ’cause … when the winners are up there they really have us by the thing that I can’t say,” De Luca said.
Todd said that they are embracing this, however, and that they like “the spontaneous moments.”
De Luca joked that if something does end up going wrong they would start playing music on a “case-by-case” basis to silence an off-script presenter or winner, only for people who have “wronged us in our careers.”
De Luca said that one of the speakers on Oscar night whom they will have no control over is the first-time host, Jimmy Kimmel.
“You wind him up and let him go. You can’t control him,” De Luca said, and added that he brings a “spontaneous energy.”
Todd said that they feel confident in this, however, saying, “He knows what he’s doing.”
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