Oscar insiders take their movie chat online

Tue Dec 8, 2009 3:08am EST
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By Gregg Kilday

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Adam Shankman has a Twitter habit, and it's making Academy officials nervous.

Although the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nothing against publicity, it likes to dole out its news about the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, set for March 7, on its own timetable.

Shankman, who is producing the Oscar show with Bill Mechanic, doesn't share that reserve, though. He enjoys talking to the fans directly via his Twitter account, which has more than 48,000 followers, as the mood strikes him.

To date, Shankman hasn't had too much to say about the upcoming awards show. Instead, a lot of his tweets have been devoted to Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," where he became a permanent judge in October.

But this past weekend, Shankman's thoughts turned to Oscar.

It began innocently enough. Visiting New York, he tweeted on Saturday, "Had dinner last night with Oscar cohosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. Laughed so hard I almost passed out. This is gonna b goooood..."

Then, on Sunday, he tossed a question into the Twitterverse: "Curious: what and who do u wanna see on the oscars? What would make u watch?"

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<p>Director Adam Shankman arrives as a guest at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts &amp; Sciences 2009 Governor Awards in Hollywood, California November 14, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>