Spotlight On…. Montages

In attempts to keep the length down to a reasonable amount (showing clips of the 10 films nominated for best picture would seem like it would go on longer than the typical 3-4 hour event), there have been a few strategies put in place for the Academy Awards.  First of all, the nominees for best song will not be performed live by the artists.  Instead, audiences will be treated to (drumroll, please)… yet another in an array of MONTAGES.  A short piece from each of each song will be presented throughout the evening with scenes from their respective movie.  I don’t even recall the nominations for best song nor score so, as a viewer, it may be for the best.  However, how about the songwriters of the nominated pieces?

Another attempt to limit the time is a change in the acceptance speeches.  Each nominee is being asked to provide two speeches: one signifying what winning the award means to them.  The second is the traditional laundry list of thank you notes which will be actually delivered back stage shown later via internet.  I guess there will be no way that someone can forget to thank Fido plus cut down on the emotional impact that may not be as important to the average at home viewer (especially as the evening/early morning wears on).

So… what do you think about the two changes to the gala event?  Should the Best Original Song nominees be allowed their moment in the spotlight?  Should the winners be given stipulations on when and what to say?  Or is it just the show’s producers way of getting all the Best Picture nominees in there?  I’d add a poll but I think there are too many possible responses so I’ll let the comments speak for themselves.

4 thoughts on “Spotlight On…. Montages”

  1. I think it’s a shame for the artists that they can’t perform at the Oscars for original song, but it’s never something I enjoyed sitting through anyway. And I really like the separation of the acceptance speeches – though I have my doubts about certain celebs following directions, and I’ve noticed that in shows like these, they don’t dare cut off certain A-listers anyway. I think that there is a sense of entitlement that comes along with winning an Oscar, and certain people will be upset about not getting a chance to stand there and take forever thanking all the many people they want to thank. But the bottom line is, from a personal standpoint, I am glad they are finding ways to cut the show down.

  2. I couldn’t say- I’ve never been a fan of award shows. Has anyone thanked God for their success lately I wonder? Has anyone brought up Christ in any positive way? Just curious as I know Christianity is seen in such a negative light in Hollywood circles.

  3. @derek, I believe I have heard Him thanked a time or two, but I guess we won’t be seeing much of the thanking of anyone this year.

  4. Indeed, showing the thank-yous on the internet allows them additional editing time… Okay, that’s just cynical. But all the thank-yous *are* kept out of the main show which I can’t completely disagree with as I can tell you don’t either in using the term “laundry list.: 😉

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