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Millions of Academy Awards fans were already gearing up for a completely different telecast this year: First came the reports of ceremony updates like shortened speeches, no "Best Song" performances, and ten -- count 'em, ten -- Best Picture nominees. Now, cohost Alec Baldwin jokes that the March 7 broadcast will be "very metrosexualized." Do tell, Alec!
At an event in New York sponsored by Fordham Law School this week, Baldwin hinted that Oscar viewers should expect multiple wardrobe changes throughout the evening, according to the Huffington Post. The Emmy-winning 30 Rock star acknowledged just how large an audience he and fellow host Steve Martin would be performing for: "They got a billion people watching the Oscars -- a billion, ya know."
Is he feeling the Oscar fever? Baldwin said, "Everywhere I go, people say, 'So who do you like in the Oscars?'" But the 51-year-old, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 2003 indie The Cooler, did not divulge any favorites. He did divulge that a future run for public office was not off the table ("Maybe....If I did that, it would be a whole other chapter in my life," he said) -- and his comments intrigued many who have speculated that his interest in current events and social causes could evolve into a political career.
There was no mention inside the 500-seat venue (hosting a sold-out crowd) about the headlines Baldwin's been making for his personal troubles. The actor recently got into a physical altercation with a tabloid photographer following his brief (but highly publicized) visit to a New York City hospital after his 14-year-old daughter dialed 911 and claimed Baldwin (who reportedly referred to taking pills) was unresponsive. After the incident, Baldwin's spokesman called the incident a "misunderstanding."
The curtain goes up on Baldwin's debut as an Oscar host when the 82nd annual Academy Awards air live on ABC on Sunday, March 7 (8 p.m. ET).
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