Oscar Nominees Must Provide Thank-You List Before Ceremony to Avoid Long Speeches
Published Feb 09, 2016The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is setting some serious rules for its Oscars this year. We already know that the ceremony's predominantly white nominees won't be allowed to celebrate their wins with a vape, and now we've learned that they won't be allowed to gush with long, meandering speeches either.
Yesterday, a whole bunch of white people got together for the Oscar Nominees Luncheon. It was there that Oscars producer David Hill explained that nominees will all be asked to offer a card of who they plan to thank if and when they win.
While winners offer up their speeches at the event, their list of thank-yous will scroll across the screen. That way the winners can instead offer a meaningful speech with their alotted 45-second time.
Hill explained that using cut-off music to shut down lengthy Oscars speeches has proven to be awkward in the past. He cited last year's Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 win as an example — when producer Dana Perry started talking about her son's suicide, the Oscars music kicked in and attempted to play her off.
It'll be interesting to see how the new system works when the Oscars take place on February 28.
Thanks to Deadline for the tip.