No doubt about it, the Oscars are going to be pretty different this year: Producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic are making changes to shake up the show in hopes of getting the ratings up. As well as the whole 10 best picture nominees thing and tag-team hosting, best original song performances have been cut and the actors' time onstage is being trimmed. In fact, nominees have been told to prepare two speeches: one they'll deliver onstage after winning and one for backstage with the (neverending) thank yous.
I think double speeches are a good idea—no one wants to be cut off by the dreaded music and it may actually speed things up. And though I know the song performance elimination will help move the show along faster, I'll admit I'm a little disappointed I won't get to watch Jeff Bridges perform "The Weary Kind."
As a viewer, do you think changes like this will improve the show and make it more entertaining?