Oscar gushes can now go on forever
It’s difficult to know what to make of the Academy’s new attempt to cut down on those lengthy “thank you, thank you” monologues at the upcoming Oscars. The winners will now be invited to deliver two speeches: a concise 45-seconds on stage and another more gushy one to a “thank-you camera” backstage. The latter will be available online. On the one hand, it will be bliss not to sit through all that crawling to agents. At the same time, if you won an Oscar you’d quite like to thank your mum live. Wouldn’t you? Of course you would.