LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A consortium of show-business heavyweights and politicians plans to pressure the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to move part of the 2003 Oscar telecast to New York City.
The move follows a similar attempt this summer to shift some of the ceremony to New York as a way to help the city rebound from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Among those supporting a partial New York offshoot are Miramax Films co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, actor and Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro, Brooklyn-born director Spike Lee, Cablevision chairman Jim Dolan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. George Pataki, the trade newspaper Variety reported Monday.
The group is expected to send a letter to Oscar officials the first week of the new year to outline proposals, which may include holding part of the Academy's special ``History of Film'' presentation in New York.
Oscar officials declined to comment on any New York proposals, but previously have noted that the organization has a 10-year contract to remain in its recently completed home at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.