Along with many of the other changes being made to the Academy Awards this year, it seems there is another potentially controversial tweak to the proceedings planned that will likely make home viewers happy, but may not necessarily please the winners themselves. According to Reuters, this year’s Oscar nominees are being told to prepare two acceptance speeches, the reason being that they will have an opportunity both on stage and off stage to deliver their thanks. Producers are suggesting that the winners use their on stage speech to talk about what winning means to them, while backstage there will be a “Thank You Cam” set up where they can give a longer list of more personal thank yous to family, friends, agents and co-workers. These messages will be released online afterward.
It does sound like a pretty clever idea, particularly because thank you speeches have always been a hindrance to the time constraints of the ceremony, and because there is a perception that television viewers generally don’t care. However, I’m not so sure that’s entirely true. The speeches are kind of whole point of the night if you ask me, and that 45-second time in the spotlight is theirs to do what they want. Isn’t it a little rude to tell people that you can’t thank your loved ones on stage, particularly at such an emotional moment? On the other hand, sometimes it does turn into a long, calculated list of industry names that are simply not interesting to watch. Either way, the producers can’t force anyone to do anything, so it remains to be seen how the winners will respond to the proposed change. What do you think, is this a good thing for the Oscars? Will anyone actually watch the Thank You Cam messages afterward?