On the eve of the Academy Awards, with the promise of big changes to the show from Dreamgirls producer Laurence Mark and director Bill Condon, EW.com asked nominees and other stars to weigh in on how they would improve the Oscar telecast. Highlights: — Reported by Carrie Bell
“The Oscars can be a little too stuffy for my liking. I’m for outlawing the sticky tape for women [to keep revealing dresses in place] because an errant boob would do wonders for the ratings. Everyone would tune in if they thought they might see Angelina Jolie’s breast fall out of her dress.” – Nia Vardalos, 2002 screenplay nominee for My Big Fat Greek Wedding
“I loved the streaker and I think it is time we brought that back. Anofficial streaker. I would designate somebody who, after their name iscalled, would start taking their clothes off on the way to the podium,That would be fun. They should also take a lesson from the Spirits andthe Globes and let the booze flow freely. It loosens people up andmakes for looser speeches.” – director John Waters, never nominated, for the original (non-musical) Hairspray.
“I feel like knowing how to rap would totally come in handy if you were a winner. They are always cutting people off but if you were a fast rapper you could squeeze all your thank-yous into 30 seconds and that instrumental kickoff music would never catch you.” – Viola Davis, Supporting Actress nominee for Doubt
“No teleprompters. We’re actors. We are supposed to be flying by the seat of our pants. There are too many safeties in place. It is those unplanned moments and the raw real emotions that are always the best part of the show. I’d also be excited with no tuxes, no gowns, and thongs for all.” – Vardalos
acceptance speeches because those are the moments that people really enjoy. The stress of not wanting that music to start playing makes people rush and forget people, like when Hilary Swank didn’t thank her husband. Cut other stuff: shorten the production numbers or don’t make presenters walk from one end of the stage to the other. We don’t need to see the accountants. I am all for shortening the songs if it means people have a little longer to relish the win at the podium.” – Christine Lahti, 1984 supporting actress nominee for Swing Shift
I love that moment between the name of the winner being called, the walk up and the speeches. I like to hear the 30 seconds where the winner is full of emotion and often crying and they are thanking their spouse for understanding why they didn’t see them for three months. In the excitement of a win, people often speak more candidly than they normally do.” – Melissa Leo, Best Actress nominee for Frozen River