Hair, Makeup, Yoda: An Oscars-Night Tribute From The Wife Of Disney’s CEO

Make franchise blockbusters or do not make franchise blockbusters, there is no try. And Willow Bay, wife of Bob Iger, gave a fitting tribute last night to what really makes Hollywood tick.

1. Disney might be the world’s biggest entertainment company, but its only Oscar wins this year were for Big Hero 6 and Feast, two animated film awards.

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2. But that didn’t stop Disney CEO Bob Iger and his wife, Willow Bay, from showing up to the industry’s biggest night.

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3. Hang on a second. Let’s back things up.

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4. Yes, an elderly Jedi master that is. Willow Bay, former model and TV reporter and current director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, rocked Yoda at the Oscars.

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5. While the entire Star Wars series has gotten plenty of Oscar love — 22 nominations, seven wins, and three special technical awards — big-budget franchise films tend to win more in box offices than in Best Picture or Best Directing Oscars.


6. Those kind of “tentpole” smash hits, which have become Disney’s bread and butter, were even mocked in the opening act of the Oscars ceremony, with Jack Black scorning studios “pitching tents for tentpoles and chasing Chinese bucks.”

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Jack Black, on stage at the Oscars on Sunday night.

8. But the entire Star Wars franchise — the old movies, the rights to make new ones, the TV shows, video games — is worth far more than a few statues. Disney bought Lucasfilm, the home of Star Wars, in 2012 for $4 billion.

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9. Just for comparison, Lucasfilm’s $4.05 billion pricetag is just a bit less than the $4.5 billion market capitalization of the independent studio Lionsgate.

10. And now Disney is making a whole new Star Wars trilogy along with several stand-alone films. Episode VII is scheduled to be released later this year.


11. So despite the Academy success of Birdman, which was based on an original screenplay and is not part of widely beloved franchise or comic book series, it’s the franchises and sequels that dominate the business of Hollywood.

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12. And nobody knows the importance of franchises better than Bob Iger and Willow Bay. As far as Iger’s shareholders are concerned, the Force is strong with this one. Do or do not…

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John Allsopp author of the popular website Orlando Florida receives a lot of mail from all quarters of the globe for information about Disney World Orlando.


One of the many requests has included Walt Disney biography Disney Tickets and Disney Hotels. John’s readership is wide and varied, however mothers of small children attempting to get an insight into Disney, make up a fare proportion of John’s readers.


John said I often hear parents singing popular Disney songs along with their children when visiting Disney, songs and characters make Disney what it is, a wonderful fun highly entertaining holiday venture. Many of us reading this article can probably remember singing Hi Ho, the song made famous in that classic fairy tale by Disney-Snow White.


Snow white and the seven dwarfs are highlighted on John Allsopp’s website under Disney Characters, you can read about many of the more popular Disney Characters and some of the history behind them, Pluto Mickey Mouse Donald Duck are always favorites and these pages seem to get quite a lot of attention.


I love to hear the sweet sounding voice of Snow White as she toils along with her chores, one of John’s readers commented, it sounds just like a little princess should sound when having time to herself. There is a new video remix on John Allsopp’s website showing Snow white singing.


A page dedicated to some of the songs you hear when watching Snow White and the seven dwarfs is included in John’s site, read the words, they are very funny but clever, and they seem to fit the cartoon to a tee. There is more to come, John will be uploading more Disney Lyrics from other well known Disney Cartoons.


Disney Lyrics and Disney Characters are major parts in the Disney World fun clock, I think of them as cogs all working together to keep this unique machine rolling along. Many readers have asked if I plan to sell Disney Collectables, well the answer is yes, keep watching Orlando Florida for more Disney, it will just make you smile.

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