The Madeleine Brand Show for February 21, 2012

Imagining a better Oscars

Actress Jennifer Lawrence and Tom Sherak

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence and Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announce the nominees at the 84th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement. This year Slate has been asking readers for suggestions on how the awards ceremony might improve.

Big egos. Lavish campaign spending and advertising blitzes. Charges of voter fraud and ballot box stuffing. Nope, not the Presidential race. We're talking about the Oscars.

And just like there are those arguing for reform in the political campaign process, there are folks who think it's time for a little reform in the way the Academy picks its winners. Our friends at the online magazine, Slate, took Oscar reform to heart.

They've been holding a sort of contest and asking readers to submit ideas for fixing the Academy Awards at Fix The Oscars, where you can submit your own ideas to improve the Academy Awards. Voting on the best proposals end Wednesday.

Host Madeleine Brand talks with Slate culture editor Dan Kois about some of the most popular suggestions, including scrolling all "thank you's" at the bottom of the screen during acceptance speeches, separating major awards into drama and comedy categories, and adding silver and bronze winners.

Guest:

Dan Kois, Slate senior editor, and contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine.


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