HOUSTON – The Academy announced the addition of a scrolling list of names to prevent acceptance speeches from going long this year.
Year after year, Oscar winners cram in their thanks and names of loved ones in their speeches, extending their welcome on stage as the orchestra tries to play them off.
For 2016, the Academy producers are having nominees submit a list of all the people they want to thank ahead of time. If they win, those names will scroll in a ticker at the bottom of the TV screen during their speech.
The announcement was made during a luncheon for the nominees on Monday.
The producers hope the change will encourage winners to give more meaningful speeches within their 45 seconds, without having to fumble over a list of names to remember.