Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Jeff Bridges Will Be Seen But Not Heard At Oscars

Jeff Bridges will be at the Oscars, but home viewers won’t hear his voice during commercial breaks.

The actor, nominated this year for his performance in Crazy Heart, has done voiceover work for Hyundai since 2007. But the Korean automaker has pulled ads featuring Bridges’ voice from Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a rule prohibiting the use of nominees in ads during the show.

Instead, for several commercials airing before and during the ceremony, Hyundai will replace Bridges’ voice with seven other stars, including Kim Basinger, David Duchovny, and Catherine Keener.