Academy Tells Oscar Nominees to Prepare Two Speeches
02.16.10 by REELZ
Any inveterate Oscars viewer is familiar with this sight: The winner takes the stage, grabs his or her statuette, then waxes poetic about how thrilling an experience the victory is. Then comes the laundry list of thank-yous, during which we hear the names of every person the winner has ever known. The orchestra starts to play and ... the winner continues reciting the boring list.
Occasionally, the winner is charming, as when Adrien Brody shut up the orchestra during his acceptance speech by saying, "One second! Cut it out! I got one shot at this." But more often than not, Jack Black and Will Farrell's sentiments from their hilarious "Get Off the Stage" routine prove right — "No need to thank your parakeet, you're borrrrring."
This year the Academy is taking an additional step to prevent that droning on and on, asking nominees to prepare two speeches for the big night. As Reuters reported, at Monday's Nominees' Luncheon:
Oscar co-producer Bill Mechanic called those often teary-eyed thanks "the single most-hated thing on the show."
Instead, he and co-producer Adam Shankman will have winners give two speeches: one onstage telling audiences what winning an Oscar means to them, and a second backstage for a "Thank You Cam" where winners can say "Thanks" to whomever they want.
That backstage video will then be posted on the Internet, and winners will be free to email the speeches to whomever they choose or post them on their Facebook pages.
It seems like an interesting way to cut down on the extended running time and the boredom, but the policy is not mandatory, so it'll be interesting to see how many winners actually embrace it. Who knows how many friends and relatives made the nominees promise to read their names onstage in front of millions of people?