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Published on Feb 21, 2013
 

'Musty' 85th Academy Awards rebranded as 'The Oscars'

 
 

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - They are the 85th Academy Awards, the climax of Hollywood's awards season, this coming weekend - except officially they're not. This year, they've been rebranded to "The Oscars".

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas), which organises Tinseltown's biggest awards, did not confirm the change revealed by show co-producer Neil Meron, who said "85th Academy Awards" was too "musty." But it seems it's true, for this year at least: references to Academy Awards and that it's the 85th show - a significant anniversary, one might have thought - quietly disappeared from official Ampas materials a few weeks ago.

"We're rebranding it," Meron told entertainment news website TheWrap in an interview with co-producer Craig Zadan this week, days before Hollywood's finest take to the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday.

"We're not calling it 'The 85th annual Academy Awards,' which keeps it mired somewhat in a musty way. It's called 'The Oscars'," he said, adding that he believed the new approach would continue in years to come.