Is live theater the secret sauce for all award shows?

The <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST000005" title="Academy Awards" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/academy-awards-EVHST000005.topic">Oscars</a> are usually condemned as deadly dull, ditto for the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST000010" title="Emmy Awards" href="/topic/entertainment/television/emmy-awards-EVHST000010.topic">Emmy Awards</a>. But only the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST000005162" title="Tony Awards" href="/topic/entertainment/theater/tony-awards-EVHST000005162.topic">Tony Awards</a> and the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST000012" title="Grammy Awards" href="/topic/entertainment/music/grammy-awards-EVHST000012.topic">Grammy Awards</a> ask their nominees to show up and perform a bit. Every year, the casts of current-run Broadway shows head backstage, get in costume and sing their hearts out before they get a chance to go home with a Tony Award. This year, the casts of "The Book of Mormon," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," "The Scottsboro Boys" and "Catch Me If You Can" all sang and danced for their win. Would it be too hard to get the Oscar nominees to give us a little line reading on Oscar night? Just a thought...

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The Oscars are usually condemned as deadly dull, ditto for the Emmy Awards. But only the Tony Awards and the Grammy Awards ask their nominees to show up and perform a bit. Every year, the casts of current-run Broadway shows head backstage, get in costume and sing their hearts out before they get a chance to go home with a Tony Award. This year, the casts of "The Book of Mormon," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," "The Scottsboro Boys" and "Catch Me If You Can" all sang and danced for their win. Would it be too hard to get the Oscar nominees to give us a little line reading on Oscar night? Just a thought...

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