For me, and this is not in jest, it's going to be if Avatar wins Best Picture... unless Cameron wins Best Director before that. This tripe winning a BP Oscar overshadows any other broadcast embarrassments that may or may not happen. It would be a travesty as monumental as "Gladiator" winning, although admittedly not on the level of "A Beautiful Mind".
As for the show, my biggest dread is that all the horrible ideas in theory that Shankman has planned for the broadcast are likely going to come across as not so bad in practice. Our hearts will sink when we see each bad idea executed well, guaranteeing a permanent fixture for future broadcasts, much like the 10 BP nominee slate. "Blind Side", "District 9", "An Education", "A Serious Man", and "Up? You couldn't have asked for a better alternate five, one that pleases the widest spectrum while camoflauging its misguidedness. And that luck will carry over into a perfectly acceptable broadcast, thus prolonging the numerours transgressions for Oscar seasons to come.
I don't think there was any real disparagement of the other Best Picture nominees in Cameron's statement, but it reeks of sickening self-interest. It's hardly a "I'll be willing to forgo Best Director for my good friend and life-partner of 18 months" sentiment. It was a public offer, an effort to salvage Best Picture which he knew was slipping away in exchange for BD.
"What the hell?"