Covering the Oscars is all about the fast and the furious – but it is one of the best jobs there is

The best thing about covering the ceremony is witnessing classic moments that’ll be talked about for decades to come, writes Jacob Stolworthy

Saturday 08 February 2020 01:10
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‘La La Land’ producer Jordan Horowitz (centre) looks at the card reading ‘Best Film: Moonlight’ as it becomes clear a mistake has been made
‘La La Land’ producer Jordan Horowitz (centre) looks at the card reading ‘Best Film: Moonlight’ as it becomes clear a mistake has been made

With the arrival of the Oscars comes what is quite possibly the culture desk’s busiest weekend.

Despite the fact that the annual ceremony has lost heaps of credibility over the years thanks to a series of undeserving winners (Green Book over Roma anyone?), the Academy Awards remain the most discussed event on the film calendar. In fact, my job’s pressure never feels more overwhelming than when I’m hunched over my laptop moments before the ceremony’s due to start.

During the show the winners are announced thick and fast and the news lines are being generated at a speedier pace than an average working day. It really is as stressful as it sounds.

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