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What's the best part about the Oscars? The speeches. What's the boring part? The speeches. Watching Matthew McConaughey go "...All right, all right, all right" and deliver something inspirational and interesting about his hero being a 10 year-away version of himself, can be pretty cool. Watching some others thanking their mom, dad, bother, sister, agent, dog, mailman, realtor – it can get a bit annoying for us viewers, right? Well, this year, the Oscars producers have come up with a solution.
At the annual Oscar nominees luncheon in Hollywood earlier this week, the producers of the Academy Awards telecast announced that nominees will be asked to submit their full list of "thank you" recipients in advance of the ceremony for the first time this year, reports the Guardian.
The new rule is designed to allow the event's producers to scroll names beneath the screen so that Oscar winners can use their allotted 45-second speeches for other purposes. It will also help Oscar recipients being callously "played off" by the orchestra once they cross their 45-second time limit.
"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," said producer David Hill. "It's a permanent record which could be kept, even framed and kept in the family forever. How cool is that!"
Wonder what Leonardo DiCaprio feels about this new rule. He might finally win an Oscar for best actor this year – what's he going to say? He clearly cannot vocally thank anyone now. Should we prepare ourselves for a 45-second speech on saving the environment?