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(1989 TV Special)

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The first Oscar telecast where the line, "And the Oscar goes to..." replaced "And the winner is...".
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There was no official host for the Oscars this year.
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Lucille Ball's last television appearance. She died three weeks later.
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Show producer Allan Carr decided that because his lavish opening number (the Snow White/Rob Lowe debacle) was so long he decided not to allow performances of the nominated songs.
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In an attempt to revolutionize the Academy Awards Allan Carr decided to change "and the winner is..." to "and the Oscar is presented to..." several presenters paid it no mind and Carr made a list of their names and said that they would never be on the show again. Oddly enough, due to the show's disastrous reception, it was Carr who would not return.
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The violent clip from Mississippi Burning (1988) shown during the reading the nominations for best actor in a leading role startled and disturbed Gene Hackman and made him think long and hard about the portrayal of violence in his films, especially if scenes are shown out of context. As a direct result he passed on directing and starring in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
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Eileen Bowman, who played Snow White, admitted that she had never seen the Academy Awards before being hired to perform on the show.
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Of the 19 actors nominated that year, Alec Guinness was the only one not in attendance.
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Considered one of the most infamous Oscar presentations of all time with its extravagant long musical numbers (which prevented the songs nominated to be performed live), the Snow White number which not only was panned by critics but the Academy was sued by Disney for its use of a trademark character without their permission. The only praise the show got later on was it use of the line "And the Oscar goes to..." instead of the "And the winner is...", since most guilds were very objective of the term "loser" to be used during a great event. The term is used to the date (except at the 2009's Oscar which went back with the old line). This was the first time the show was produced by Allan Carr, and due to the poor criticism and the low ratings, he was never asked to produce the Oscars or anything else in Hollywood.
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