"I'd like to thank the Academy" are words you won't be hearing at the Oscars this year.
At least, that's the plan behind the awards ceremony's new rules on acceptable speeches, which was announced at the nominees luncheon on Monday.
According to E! Online, the producers of the show have asked nominees to fill out cards that lists all the people they'd thank if they won. That list will then scroll on the screen as the winner gives their now-limited-to-45-seconds speech.
"As you probably are aware and we don't want to embarrass anybody, but there is a long list of winners who have totally forgotten their directors, their husbands, their wives, their children and their animals," producer David Hill said.
And though we can appreciate that people can get overwhelmed in the moment, isn't that sort of the appeal of live television, and why we watch in the first place?
While it sounds like a good idea to keep the ceremony moving, we also have to wonder what exactly the winners will say with their minimal time. Will everyone try to come up with a catchphrase? Could political statements just take over? Seems like a dangerous box to open — here's hoping it results in a more interesting time on stage for all.
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