The Oscars have a new idea for stopping the endless, boring speech
How much do you hate the music that the Oscars orchestra plays when a winner’s acceptance speech runs on too long?
Now the producers of Sunday’s telecast may have found a way around those awkward play-offs.
David Hill and Reginald Hudlin, the first-time producers of the ABC telecast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, say they are going to try a new feature that will scroll the winners’ thank-yous across the bottom of the screen while they are speaking. The idea is to give each speaker more time to blab about something other than how their agent always believed in their dream.
“There’s going to be a lot of experimentation,” Hudlin explained in a Friday segment on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “Some of it may work; some of it [may not] work.”
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We are going to go out on a limb and guess that not many viewers will be eager to read an endless scroll with such thrilling lines as, “And thanks to Mom and Dad for paying for my acting lessons!” But maybe Hill and Hudlin will figure out how to pepper some show-biz razzle-dazzle in there.
Meanwhile, the producers are planning to mess with the order in which the prizes are handed out. Such details are a tightly kept secret. Unlike the Grammys -- which feature almost wall-to-wall performances -- the Oscars are really a parade of winners to the podium, so the prize order tends to get fussed over.
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“We’re gonna mix it up,” Hudlin said. “I want people to watch and be surprised.”
Hudlin insisted that the #OscarsSoWhite controversy -- centered on the fact that zero people of color were nominated in the acting categories -- had little impact on their planning.
“We wanted a show that looked like America,” Hudlin said. But “most of our booking was done before the nominees were announced.”
Highlights from the Oscars -- Hollywood’s most prestigious night -- through the years.(Los Angeles Times)
Red Buttons and Miyoshi Umeki hold their Oscars as they embrace after winning for supporting actor and supporting actress for their roles in “Sayonara.”(Los Angeles Times)
A large crowd waits at the Pantages for the arrival of celebrities attending the 32nd Academy Awards.(Los Angeles Times)
Burt Lancaster and Elizabeth Taylor hold their lead actor and actress Oscars -- he for “Elmer Gantry,” she for “Butterfield 8,” at the Academy Awards in 1961.(Los Angeles Times)
Barbra Streisand holds her Oscar at the Academy Awards Governors Ball in 1969. With her is then-husband Elliott Gould.(Los Angeles Times)
Academy Award winners George Roy Hill, left, and David S. Ward with their Oscars -- and Elizabeth Taylor -- in 1974.(Los Angeles Times)
Lead actress winner Sally Field and lead actor winner Dustin Hoffman.(Los Angeles Times)
Sissy Spacek wins for lead actress in “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”(Los Angeles Times)
James L. Brooks, director of “Terms of Endearment,” left, and two of the film’s stars, Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson, with their Oscars at the 1984 Academy Awards.(Los Angeles Times)
Robin Williams with his supporting actor Oscar for “Good Will Hunting” and Jack Nicholson with his lead actor award for “As Good as It Gets” backstage at the 70th Academy Awards.(Los Angeles Times)
Björk on the red carpet at the 73rd Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Adrien Brody surprises presenter Halle Berry with a kiss after he wins lead actor for “The Pianist” at the 75th Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Presenter Julia Roberts wipes her lipstick kiss off Clint Eastwood’s face as he accepts his Oscar for director for “Million Dollar Baby,” during the 77th Academy Awards.(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Actors Will Ferrell, left and Steve Carell present the Oscar for makeup during the 78th Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre.(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Reese Witherspoon kisses her then-husband, Ryan Phillippe, after hearing her name announced as the lead actress winner for “Walk the Line,” during the 78th Academy Awards.(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Steven Spielberg snaps a photo of Ellen DeGeneres and Clint Eastwood while Beyoncé looks on during the 79th Academy Awards.(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Forest Whitaker escorts Marion Cotillard off the stage after presenting her the Oscar for lead actress at the 80th Academy Awards.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Legendary actor Sidney Poitier and actress Angelina Jolie chat backstage. Jolie was the recipient of the 2014 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Actors Liam Neeson and J.K. Simmons, right, chat backstage at the 87th Academy Awards after Simmons won a supporting actor prize for “Whiplash” in 2015.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
With “Star Wars” reintroduced to a new generation by “The Force Awakens” film, it seemed only fitting to have droids R2D2 and C3PO grace the Academy Awards stage once again.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Brie Larson is ecstatic as she walks off the stage with the lead actress Oscar for her role in “Room.”(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
In a “Titanic” meetup, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet kiss backstage at the Oscars. DiCaprio won the lead actor Oscar for his role in “The Revenant.”(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
But that doesn’t mean that host Chris Rock won’t have a field day with the diversity controversy.
“He’s got so much material,” Hudlin told ABC. “We have no idea what he’s going to do.”
You can see the interview here.
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