The Oscars Listing Winners' Thank Yous On-Screen: Yea or Nay?

ABC’s broadcast of the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday attempted to fix the age-old problem of breathless, laundry list-style acceptance speeches that tend to get cut short by the “play off” music. At first blush, is the fix a hit or a folly?

Nominees for this year’s Oscars were invited to submit in advance a list of people they wanted to thank in the event that they win — to be displayed on a scroll across the bottom of the screen as they take the stage and presumably use their acceptance speech to express actual thoughts.

“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 of the “solution,” adding, “We needed to rethink how this could be a better experience for everyone.”

Which all sounds nice on paper, but: How did it play in actual practice? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in Comments.

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