Is it OK if I take a bit of a poke at the Academy Awards show? I concede there must be some who can sit through the entire thing. I’m not one of them. The Awards are on a Sunday night and many, including yours truly, have to get up and go to work Monday morning. It’s always scheduled for 3 hours for some reason I can’t fathom but, having learned from experience, I set the PVR to record for 3 ½ just to make sure we didn’t miss the big, important awards near the end.
Well, if you know how long the show ran you know that I had to a little “Googling” afterward. The longest Oscars show went 4 hours and 20 minutes. The year was 2002 and that show was 1 ½ hours longer than the Best Picture winner, Gladiator, which was a long movie at 2 ½ hours. The first televised Oscars show was in 1953 and it ran a respectable one hour and 32 minutes. Here’s a radical thought: why can’t they give out a whole bunch of the lesser Awards prior to the telecast and just show the main ones? A lot of time could be saved by just announcing the winners in the smaller categories and then getting to what and who people really want to see: Best Picture, Director, Actors and Actresses in lead and supporting roles. Maybe show some longer footage from the movies in these categories for those of us who haven’t seen them. That, plus the hosts opening monologue and maybe some of his or her shenanigans throughout, could keep the Academy Awards spectacular down to a couple of hours including all the commercial interruptions.