It was only a few days ago that we learned that the Academy Awards is possibly considering a change to its rules concerning the Best Picture category, but if new reports are to be believed, we may see some major changes to the ceremony next year as well. This is because producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron - who have been working on the Oscars show for the last three years - have hinted that they may not be coming back for year number four.
The Hollywood Reporter got the scoop on this development, picking up a hint that Craig Zadan laid down on his personal Twitter account. This past Saturday, the filmmaker took to the social media service and posted the following:
In the time since then, Zadan has retweeted messages from followers asking if he would be back to produce the 88th Academy Awards, and even a few articles suggesting that he may not return, but he has not yet commented either way. A representative from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences did not immediately respond to comments, though a representative for both Zadan and Neil Meron says that an official decision has not yet been made either way.
For those who have been following the news and developments with the Academy Awards since the most recent ceremony was held a few weeks ago, it's not hard to understand why now might be the time for Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to move on. This is because this year's show saw a rather shocking 16 percent drop in ratings compared to the previous year (to Zadan and Meron's credit, 2014's ratings hit a 10-year high).
In the Tweet, Zadan is proud to note the results of his collaborations with Neil Meron while making the Oscars. This includes making the move to having young filmmakers hand out awards during the show, and changes to the nomination day proceedings (originally they only announced certain categories, and now all 24 are revealed during the official announcement). If Zadan and Meron do decide to move on, it will be interesting to see how new blood may wind up changing the way things are done. There are certainly many, many things that fans would want to change about the Academy and how it works, and this changing of the guard may be a good time to see some things altered.
If you were producing the Oscars, what kind of changes would you make to the show? Hit the comments with your thoughts!