BEVERLY HILLS, California — Who couldn't do with more entertaining Oscar speeches?
A list of film credits will scroll beneath Oscar-winners' acceptance speeches during this year's telecast, a move meant to encourage speakers to focus on something more meaningful than just a list of names.
The change — the first time the Academy Awards producers has tried what many have suggested — was announced Monday at the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills.
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All the nominees are being required to submit a list of whom they'd like to thank in the scroll, which will be displayed beneath their acceptance speech. That doesn't mean they can't give verbal shout-outs — it just means they have an excuse to use their moment for another purpose.
This could mean more entertaining moments at the dais — and certainly more political ones. Equal pay was the hot topic at last year's ceremony, which Patricia Arquette seized upon in her winning moment.
With #OscarsSoWhite coming around for a second dip and thank-yous ostensibly out of the way, expect more of that same political fire for the ceremony, set for Feb. 28.
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