Oscars producers hoping for another 'Adele Dazeem' moment

February 18, 2015 1:12 PM

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The day after the Oscars last year, the show's producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron received a call from John Travolta apologizing for fumbling the name of singer Idina Menzel. Travolta's mispronunciation - Adele Dazeem - had become a trending topic on Twitter, been shared endlessly on YouTube and Vine and helped enliven the most viewed Academy Awards telecast in more than a decade.

"John said, 'Oh, God, I hope I didn't ruin your show,'" Zadan recalled, in a recent interview from a backstage office at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, where he and Meron are preparing for Sunday's Academy Awards. "We said, 'You made our show. The social media went berserk, and the show became historic ...

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