Sid Gandis, “Oscar Nominees Be Warned : Big Changes for 2009”

Organisers of this year’s Oscars have warned fans of the ceremony and the nominees to expect some “big surprises” on the night.

President of the Academy for Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Sid Ganis, has promised that this years ceremony will break with convention:

“It’s going to be a show that takes some risks. Your categories are being presented in a completely different way,” he said.

“Heads up. Cinematographers, editors, composers. All of you guys. You’re in for a big surprise.”

Ganis, who was speaking at the annual nominees’ lunch, refused to divulge any further details, but promised a “bold” and “risky” ceremony.

It is believed that organisers are shaking things up in a bid to lure back viewers after last year’s event saw the lowest ever ratings in the US.

As well as changing the presentation of awards, bosses have axed the traditional opening monologue and opted for actor Hugh Jackman to present, over the more usual choice of a comedian.

The 81st annual Academy Awards will take place at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on February 22.