OSCAR producer Joe Roth has promised nominees the planned five-second delay in the telecast will not be used to cull any controversial political remarks.

The AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS director has been forced to implement a delay between the live ceremony and the broadcast following Janet Jackson and JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE's breast-baring Super Bowl performance on 1 February (04).

But Roth insists any repeat of Michael Moore's anti-war speech last year (03) would not be left on the cutting room floor.

He says, "At the nominees luncheon yesterday, I spoke with the nominees and just said that, when they come up, they're all under this microscope, unfortunately, because of these events a couple weeks ago.

"But it only applies to the use of profanity or nudity."

11/02/2004 13:49