Pacino Says He Was Asked to Skip Reading Nominees

Oscars producer apologizes for putting him in 'tough spot'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 11, 2024 7:00 PM CDT
Pacino Says He Was Asked to Skip Reading Nominees
Al Pacino poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Al Pacino says he was following the instructions of the Oscars producers when he omitted the names of the best picture nominees while announcing the winner of the show's biggest category. The Oscar-winning actor was Sunday night's final presenter and announced Oppenheimer as the best picture winner without naming the full slate of nominees. "I just want to be clear it was not my intention to omit them, rather a choice by the producers not to have them said again since they were highlighted individually throughout the ceremony. I was honored to be a part of the evening and chose to follow the way they wished for this award to be presented," Pacino said in a statement Monday afternoon.

"I realize being nominated is a huge milestone in one's life and to not be fully recognized is offensive and hurtful," Pacino said, per the AP. "I say this as someone who profoundly relates with filmmakers, actors and producers so I deeply empathize with those who have been slighted by this oversight and it's why I felt it necessary to make this statement."The Oscars started late but ended under last year's runtime in part because Pacino skipped reading all the nominees for best picture. The nominated films—American Fiction, Anatomy of a Fall, Barbie, The Holdovers, Killers of the Flower Moon, Maestro, Oppenheimer, Past Lives, Poor Things, and The Zone of Interest—all were featured with montages during the show.

Oscars producer Molly McNearney also told Variety that skipping the reading of the nominees was intentional. "It was a creative decision we made because we were very worried that the show was going to be long," she said. "By the time you get to the end of the show, you've seen all 10 best picture clip packages. People just want to hear who wins, and they're pretty ready for the show to be over. At least that's what we anticipated." She added: "I apologize if our decision to not have to read through all those nominations put him in a tough spot."

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