Don't be surprised if you notice something slightly different about the Academy Awards ceremony this year.
For the first time since the red carpet event became a thing back in 1929, the Oscars are trying to prevent a slew of drawn-out acceptance speeches dominating the podium. You know, the ones in which actors and actresses ramble on for years thanking every single human being that has even done something remotely nice for them.
On Monday, producers Reginald Hudlin and David Hill made an announcement that nominees will be able to fill out a scroll card of people's names they want to mention when they pick up their award. This list of names will then run along the bottom of the screen in the Dolby Theater during the broadcast.
The reason? To encourage actors to give more interesting speeches instead of waffling on about people the rest of the world has probably never heard of during their 45 second spotlight. Oh, and to spare the winner the stress of having to remember everyone involved in their win. Essentially, the move is to put in place restrictions to prevent another Halle Berry moment circa 2002:
Of course, another benefit of this is that winners will no longer be rudely cut off by the prompter — you probably remember that time during the Golden Globes last month, when Empire star Taraji. P. Henson hit back at the behind-the-scenes cue prompting her to wrap up. She said:
“Please wrap? Wait a minute. I’ve waited 20 years for this — you gon’ wait!”
Speaking about the new Oscars developments, David Hill also added:
“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. It’s a permanent record which could be kept, even framed and kept in the family forever. How cool is that!"
Huldin and Hill also concluded with some deep sentiments for us all to contemplate:
"Words are written on the winds. A screen grab of your scroll can be kept forever.”
Who would you thank in your Oscars acceptance speech?