Nothing makes watching an award show worse than the agonizingly long acceptance speeches... and the cringing that follows when the winner is quieted by music and ushered offstage. This year, the producers hope it'll be different.
All of the nominees, including such names as Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Meryl Streep were told to make their acceptance speeches short and sweet. If the winners employ the K.I.S.S. method, then no embarrassing methods to end the speech will be employed. The show's producers fully intend to turn off mics and drown them out with music if the need be.
I was personally hoping for some wacky ways to get them offstage- like trap doors, long canes pulling them off, being chased by a pack of dogs maybe?
The nominees were told that the 45 second speech should be saved for telling the audience how much it means, not just rambling off a list. There is a special camera backstage (The "Thank You Cam") for that after the show. ... Not kidding.