Praise! The Oscars are trying to prevent those boring, drawn-out acceptance speeches.
During a luncheon for nominees on Monday, February 8, producers Reginald Hudlin and David Hill announced that nominees will be able to fill out a scroll card of names they wish to thank during their acceptance speech. The list of names will then run along the bottom of the screen during the Sunday, February 28, telecast.
The change is an attempt to get stars to give more compelling speeches, as opposed to thanking everyone from their manager to their stylist.
The helpful scroll will also hopefully prevent the winners from being cut off by the prompter or orchestra. During the Golden Globes last month, Taraji P. Henson jokingly yelled at the teleprompter, which cued her to wrap up.
“Please wrap? Wait a minute,” the Empire star said. “I’ve waited 20 years for this — you gon’ wait!”
Hudlin and Hill also mentioned, according to Time, that the scroll feature will allow for those thanked to forever cherish the moment. “Words are written on the winds,” they said during Monday’s event. “A screen grab of your scroll can be kept forever.”
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