Oscar Winners Can't Thank Mom on Stage This Year

Nominees told to deliver thank-yous off the telecast
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2010 11:42 AM CST
Oscar Winners Can't Thank Mom on Stage This Year
Kate Winslet accepts the award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama for "Revolutionary Road" on stage during the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 11, 2009 in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (AP Photo/NBC,Paul Drinkwater)

Even an Oscar producer admits the long-winded thank-you speeches are “the single most hated thing on the show,” and this year organizers think they've come up with a brilliant way to avoid them. Nominees were instructed at yesterday’s luncheon to prepare two speeches: The one for the audience should be, you know, interesting (“Share your passion on what the Oscar means to you,” said a producer). The other one—with all the names—will be given backstage to a “Thank You Cam.”

Those videos will be posted on the Web for winners to email to friends or post on Facebook, Reuters reports. Tough to say whether the geniuses behind this really expect winners, who aren't exactly selected for their willingness to follow instructions—consider the 45-second time limit—to actually abide by this advice.
(More Oscar nomination stories.)

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