The Oscars are here again. On Sunday night, millions of viewers will watch the glamour and prestige of the 84th annual Academy Awards. Billy Crystal will be back to host again this year, and will hopefully deliver his unique talent and humor in another memorable opening sequence that he became known for in years past.
The Oscar ceremony is the oldest media award ceremony and is televised in more than 200 countries. This annual star-fest has topped 40 million viewers and is regarded as one of the best examples of good public relations ever. How does the Academy do it?
One of the reasons that the Oscars are so prestigious is because it was the first award ceremony of its kind. The very first Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1929 as a way to make movies more popular as a leisure activity. The Oscars encouraged people to go to the movies and over the years, movies have encouraged people to watch the Oscars.
Prestige is what gives the Oscars so many opportunities to capitalize on good public relations. It is an event packed full of big stars, big fashion and big jewels. The Oscars show still captures a huge worldwide audience because it packages its product with glitz and glamour, something PR practitioners need to do at a local or industry level whenever possible.
Early buzz…All year round, movies trailers and packaging advertise “nominated for an Academy Award” or “Winner of Best Picture.” Actors are constantly referred to as “Best Actress winner” or “Best Actor nominee.” Press for the Oscars begins months before the actual event, building up anticipation for the ceremony, held in late February or early March. In addition, red carpet events and coverage of star-studded parties before the actual Oscars broadcast build up the anticipation for viewers even greater. Countdowns to the Oscars occur for months before the show on television stations, in newspaper advertisements, on websites, social media platforms, etc. And the shows rarely disappoint, leaving viewers coming back year after year.
Let us all take a lesson from the Oscars and make award-winning stars out of our clients and their organizations!