Larry Mantle |

I'd like to thank my agent, publicist, acting coach, therapist, and fish monger

Is there any way to put an end to Academy Award nominees going on and on thanking lists of people who’ve helped them get where they are today?  That stands out to me as the biggest problem with the Oscar telecast.

However, on Monday morning’s AirTalk, we heard from listeners who had no problem with winners listing more than a dozen people to thank, saying it was the recipients’ night.  That would certainly be true if this was a private ceremony where the people being thanked were generally known to the attendees.  However, this is presented as an entertainment event.  That’s why the Academy has pared the field of winners who are honored in the international telecast, giving many awards at separate, private, banquets.

One of our callers astutely pointed out that Oscar winners are not going to stop reciting their memorized “thank you” lists unless forced to do so by the Academy.  The listener argued persuasively that members of the honoree’s team would be hurt and offended if not cited. 

Nevertheless, there were some good speeches – most noticeably David Seidler’s.  The Best Original Screenplay winner for The King’s Speech was funny, warm, and very human.  Clearly, he knows how to write.  That film’s director, Tom Hooper, was also excellent in describing how his mother brought Seidler’s script to Hooper’s attention.  That was a terrific way of honoring his mother while letting us in on the whole back-story.

What do you think?  Should the Academy attempt to limit “thank yous,” giving winners cover for not mentioning members of their team?  Would that possible to enforce?