Thursday, March 3, 2011

Global 2011: Why the Javier Bardem-Josh Brolin Kiss Wasn't Included in the Oscars Telecast

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On Sunday's ABC telecast of the 83rd Academy Awards, viewers didn't see a quick kiss and dance between presenters Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin -- but it wasn't on purpose.

Despite speculation that the network may have censored the two actors' smooch, Oscar producer Bruce Cohen insists it was because directors had already decided beforehand they would cut away to focus on the audience and Bardem's wife, Oscar winner Penelope Cruz, who recently gave birth.

"It [the dance and the kiss] was unscripted, and the plan in the truck was always to cut to Penelope in the audience applauding Josh's and Javier's introduction," Cohen explained in a statement to, which had originally questioned why the moment didn't make it to the broadcast, noting that the 2006 Oscar telecast included a "Brokeback Mountain" spoof that starred Jon Stewart and George Clooney in bed. (Not to mention that Bardem is from Spain, where kissing is a traditional greeting among close friends.)

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