The 1 big change the Oscars should keep

In defense of long acceptance speeches

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If you didn't see any of the Oscar films and chose to sleep through Sunday night's ceremony instead, you likely woke up on Monday morning with the impression that the 93rd Academy Awards were an unmitigated disaster. "The Oscars were a train wreck at the train station, an excruciatingly long, boring telecast that lacked the verve of so many movies we love," slammed USA Today. TV Line wrote that the show's "very curious production choices ... turned cinema's biggest night into one looong acceptance speech," and asked, "Did they forget that this is supposed to be a show?!?"

Descriptions of Sunday night's Oscars ceremony as slow and way too talky seem to target one major change to the 2021 event: the absence of "wrap up" music when the winners' speeches ran on "too long." In previous years, producers typically only gave winners about 45 seconds to remember to thank their mothers, God, and Steven Spielberg; this year, musical director Questlove was under strict instructions not to interrupt anyone with play-off music.

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