Oscar Nominees Told to Prepare Two 'Thank You' Speeches
Producers of this year's Academy Awards - Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic - are taking a slightly different approach to the show this year, streamlining as much as they can and focusing on the entertaining parts if the ceremony that people actually enjoy watching. One change they're making is now giving Oscar winners the opportunity to thank more people on a "Thank You Cam" backstage which will be streamed online. Reuters reports that the producers are telling nominees to keep their on-stage thank yous shorter and plan for full thank you backstage at the "Thank You Cam" in order to keep the show moving swiftly.
"Share your passion on what the Oscar means to you," the nominees were told today at their annual Oscar luncheon held in Beverly Hills. They want the winners to focus more on "telling audiences what winning an Oscar means to them" because the long teary-eyed personal thank yous are often "the single most-hated thing on the show." Who knows if anyone will actually do what they say, but at least they're trying to make the Oscars a bit better. I do appreciate a well put together thank you speech and I hope we'll see a few of those this year anyway. The Oscar ceremony will be held on March 7th broadcast live on ABC at 5PM PST.