A Genealogue Exclusive [What's That?]This Sunday's Academy Awards telecast will have something for everyone—so long as everyone is a genealogist.
According to Academy President Sid Ganis, the theme of this year's show will be "Genealogy on Film," highlighting great genealogical moments in cinematic history.
"Who can forget," says Ganis, "Robert De Niro's anger in Taxi Driver when he realizes that Cybill Shepherd isn't interested in reading microfilm with him? Or Judy Garland's delight when she returns from Oz and finds her subscription to the Kansas Genealogy Journal has been renewed?"
The theme will extend to that part of the broadcast in which the names and faces of recently departed Academy members are shown to the audience. This year, each name will be accompanied by a five-generation pedigree of the deceased, read aloud by veteran actor Ernest Borgnine.
Ganis concedes that the show could run long, but says the director is "hoping to keep it under ten hours."
The monologue of Oscars host Jon Stewart will be remembered for years to come, Ganis assures us: "He was born a Leibowitz, of course, so he has a ton of material to work with. There's nothing not funny about Jewish family history."