All three networks covered Heath Ledger's death: NBC's Anne Thompson filed a stand-up from outside his downtown Manhattan home; ABC's John Berman and CBS' Kelly Wallace included a montage of Ledger's movie roles and a preview of his portrayal of The Joker in the Batman sequel The Dark Knight…the announcement of the nominations for the Academy Awards inspired both CBS' Richard Schlesinger and ABC's Brian Rooney to speculate about celebrityfree Oscars in the event that the ceremonies are picketed by striking screenwriters. Rooney envisaged that his network would broadcast a show "loaded with clips from 80 years of Oscar ceremonies--the red carpet in black and white."
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