Defamer.com broke the story that the Academy wants to keep people in their seats during the Oscars ceremony by ending the policy of plying nominees with free drinks.
It sounded bizarre so TMZ checked, and Defamer is right on the money. An Academy official told us that drinks will be gratis from 2:15 - 4:30 PM Pacific Time, but that during the ceremony the bar will be cash only. The idea is to discourage attendees who are bored, nursing their losses, or in bad need of alcohol from straying from their seats during the telecast.
Wolfgang Puck is catering the event on both the food and the booze fronts. A Puck rep tells TMZ that they haven't worked out the price list yet but that drinks would be going for "average prices."
Note to Academy: George Clooney pulls in about 20 mil a film -- we're guessing if he wants a drink, he won't be deterred by a $6 price tag.