Oscars: ABC exec talks ‘great risks’ that some think may not have paid off

Hopkins was not present to get his Oscar.

Rob Mills, executive VP of unscripted and alternative home entertainment at Walt Disney Tv, talked with Range and concentrated on the program’s positives, which aired on ABC this year.

“There was a lot of really great risks that some might view didn’t pay off,” Mills stated. “But it was just great to do something different and not know what was going to happen next — and not have those glazed eyes of, ‘Oh gosh, I’ve seen this before I know exactly what’s going to happen.'”

He explained that it wasn’t simply the order of the last awards which was altered, however that “the whole show was mixed up.”

Mills likewise dealt with Hopkins’s surprise win stating “It was not meant to end on somebody who was not present.”

“It was a calculated risk, that I think still paid off because everybody was talking about it. Similarly, nobody wants the wrong envelope to happen, like it did three years ago, but everyone was talking about it,” he stated. “I think some people thought maybe they missed some awards. ‘Why is best picture early?’ or, ‘What’s happening, this is crazy,’ almost like, ‘How can this possibly happen? Best picture has to end it!’ Some people were upset, some people loved it and that was really the point that there was no apathy.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.