The Academy is trying to cut down on overly long acceptance speeches at this year’s Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced some new acceptance speech requirements at Monday’s annual Oscar luncheon.
The speeches, which will reportedly by maxed out at 45 seconds, will feature a ticker tape on-screen with the list of all of the people the winners would like to thank. The “thank yous” will be submitted ahead of time by all nominees.
Show producer David Hill said of the changes, “As you probably are aware and we don’t want to embarrass anybody, but there is a long list of winners who have totally forgotten their directors, their husbands, their wives, their children and their animals.” He added, “It’s a permanent record which could be kept, even framed and kept in the family forever. How cool is that?”
The move was also designed to free up time for winners to discuss other things, as well as to hopefully avoid the long-held Oscar tradition of winners getting hurried off the stage by the orchestra.
The new initiative was inspired by the 2015 speech (or lack thereof) by Dana Perry, who jointly won the award for Best Documentary Short and was unceremoniously interrupted just as she began to tell the audience of her son’s suicide and the impact it had on her filmmaking.
That incident aside, winners being cut off by the orchestra is usually one of the most interesting parts of the show, as it has led to some unforgettable Oscar moments in the past. In one such instance, Julia Roberts silenced the conductor of the orchestra by saying, “Sir, you’re doing a great job, but you’re so quick with that stick, so why don’t you sit, because I may never be here again.”
The Academy Awards will air live on ABC on February 28.