The Oscars are taking a new approach to avoid that dreaded moment when the play-off music cuts short a meaningful acceptance speech.
Rather than leaving winners to rattle off the names of their significant others, agents, managers, pet groomers, etcetera, nominees for the 88th Academy Awards (airing Feb. 28 on ABC) are being invited to submit in advance a list of people they would like to thank should they win.
The names provided by the winner will then be displayed on a scroll across the bottom of the screen as they take the stage and use their acceptance speech time for something other than a laundry list, per The Hollywood Reporter.
“Acceptance speeches have become a list of names and more often than not, time ran out before something could be spoken from the heart about the art, about the vision, about the experience, about the meaning of the moment,” producer David Hill explained, adding, “We needed to rethink how this could be a better experience for everyone.”
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