Oscars: Out with the montages, in with the moms
February 23rd, 2011
05:24 PM ET

Oscars: Out with the montages, in with the moms

The Academy Awards is mixing it up a bit this year.

Producers  for one of the most prestigious awards shows in the industry tell The Hollywood Reporter that there will be a few changes in Sunday's telecast.

For one, the show is doing away with those lengthy movie montages.

"The directors have jettisoned this familiar element - like last year's salute to horror films," the publication says. "These have added to the show's seemingly endless running time. There will still be clips from the 10 best picture nominees and brief filmed introductions to certain segments."

And to humanize the proceedings, the show has enlisted nine mothers as well as host James Franco's grandmother to act as "Mominees" and tweet about the event.

Click here to read more about additional changes to the show.

soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Kat

    Is someone here in love with Sarah Palin? Poor boy.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. erica

    Damnit maury! now i want some crab rangoon....just when i thought it was gonna be mexican tonight! lol

    February 24, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tutu


    February 24, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. murphysmom

    Bring back Billy Crystal!

    February 24, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kevin

    The montage is somewhat enjoyable. If anything, cut out the uncomfortable scripted banter between the two presenters. It never comes off genuine and is never funny.

    February 24, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Oscar Mayer

    BITE ME!

    February 24, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. wally


    February 24, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. ken

    How stupid. Absolutely every time the broadcast does something to tighten things up, they ruin it. The montages, and audience reaction to them in the background is one of the joys of the telecast. A pseudo sharing of remembered and new moments of cinema. The only thing that should be done away with and never return are production numbers, as it's a movie not a Broadway awards show. Every nomineed song should be song, though. And two hosts who are actors not hosts? Please.

    February 24, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Chattanooga Choo-Choo

    It's all Palin's fault!!!!!!!!!!

    February 24, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Montage Collage

    F the Oscars and all this other MonkeyShyt.

    February 24, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jezmundberserker

    The movie montages were the only thing that kept me awake during Oscars night. Good they took those away, now I have 4 hours in which to do something useful.

    February 24, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. Gfunk

    This sounds like a TAMPON Commercial where all the fine print is read!

    February 24, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. Name Steph

    Here's my dream Oscar evening: 30 minutes of Red Carpet followed by Best Supporting Actor/ Actress, Best Actor/Actress, Best Film. The End.

    February 24, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sleepy


    February 24, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. donna

    LOL @ meyerbeer!! Eggplant! Thanks for the early morning smile!

    February 24, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  16. wally

    mommies are either fat or their thingies have gotten all stretched out. younger ladies are betterer.

    February 24, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  17. oscars=classic

    I agree with the majority, no category should contain more than five nominees. I have always enjoyed the watching the Osacrs, all of the awards are important (maybe not entirely interesting...) But I'm a movie buff, I think its total classic.

    February 24, 2011 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  18. janetnmoyle

    What an article!! Best place to print coupons of major brands is called "Printapons" search online for Printapons

    February 24, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  19. Cole Harmonson

    Mommy Blogging was hip about five years. This Oscar idea would have been then, too. Now, it's an insult to women that are mothers and business women and bloggers and leaders in social media.

    There are more elevated ways to reach your target female audience, ABC.

    February 24, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  20. popcorn

    Skip the award show and go to the movies.

    February 24, 2011 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  21. Degrassifan

    Is it too late to bring back Steve Martin or
    Billy Crystal? I think if the Academy was really bold they would have approached Peewee Herman to be MC.

    February 24, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  22. Name*meyerbeer

    More Movie Music.....More exciting adventurous movie music!!!!

    February 24, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  23. ch6541

    1. Bring back the music, the montages, play the full Memoriam and return to jut five BPOTY nominees.
    2. Limit the schtick between awards, and keep the presenters' banter to one well-written joke.
    3. Force large groups of recipients to appoint only ONE SPOKESPERSON.
    4. There is no way to prevent people from using the podium to express their political/social/world views, so the Academy should develop a color-coded chart displaying each cause (stick with me on this). The chart can be available online, in the TV Guide and in your Sunday paper.
    5. Recipients' speeches should be universally formatted to thank ONLY the following without embellishment: Their diety of choice; their family; the cast and crew as a whole, with no special call-outs; the public "at large"; the Academy; and then they may state their cause by reference code (e.g., "I'd like to thank God, my family, the cast and crew, the movie-goers and the Academy. Eggplant."). People at home who care can look up the cause on the chart, or make bets as to what it means. Who knows, it could spawn a drinking game: "The last person to shout out the correct cause for the star's color code has to do a shot of Cuervo."
    6. Anyone diverging from this format doesn't get "played off" by the orchestra. That doesn't work. Bring back the hook from the days of Vaudeville.
    6. On the way to the stage, recipients are allotted one handshake and one hug–no more!
    7. Put a couple of podiums in the seating area so that recipients who don't walk so well don't have to trudge all the way up there. Make the able-bodied people take it to them.

    Crazy? Extreme? Perhaps, but no more out there than tweeting "mominees" or the infamous Rob Lowe/Snow White opener. I bet if they adopted at least half of my suggestions, no one would need to consider relegating Sound Editing to the schmoscars (apologies to Kathy Griffin).

    February 24, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
    • ch6541

      Sorry, I counted "6" twice. Good thing I don't work for PriceWaterhouse Coopers... or do I, Marissa Tomei?

      February 24, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  24. really

    Tweet about it?.....this just convinced me not to give this show any of my time.

    February 24, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  25. D

    I've never watched an awards show...however I come onto CNN to look at pictures of how the stars are dressed for the events.

    February 23, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  26. S.D. Morehouse

    Hey, I for one actually like those montages!

    February 23, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  27. mabofa

    Bad idea, Mike; visceral effects only at their best, go unnoticed so I can see why you might think these are unimportant.

    February 23, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Cinematic Soul

    yeah, because of course those that made the movies look and sound the way they do, they actually dont deserve to be on tv. Only the shiny stars who helped sell it do, right? Hey heres a novel idea, if you dont like the big, long show then dont watch it, have a little respect for those in the industry whose night this is.

    If you also dont know the difference between sound mixing and editing you have little business commenting on the oscars or film in general. And then finishing it off at suggesting they extend the original song presentation, when the song category is thoroughly useless and is in desperate need of being axed.

    February 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • MekMek

      Hey dnt be so " I LOVE THE OSCARS JUST THE WAY THEY ARE" evrythng in 2days world can stand 4 a little constructive criticism. It sounds as if u got ur thumb in ur mouth, saying "leave my Oscars alone"

      February 24, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  29. mad hater

    I wanna see Natalie Portman give birth during this program.

    February 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Derpaderp

    Moms? Twitter? Sounds lame.

    February 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Name

    Just hire Ricky Gervais and all your problems will be solved.

    February 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Lucas

    I think they should keep the montages and go back to 5 noms fo best pic. 10 best pic noms is too many...

    February 23, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Doc Canary

    Just strange. Have not watched in years with no plans to change.

    February 23, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Kay

    "Mominees'? Sounds pretty lame. Seems more like their attempt to be all hip and trendy by doing something all the kids are doing. Trouble is the kids don't care about the Oscars, and isn't Twitter old hat by now anyway? A bunch of mothers tweeting isn't likely to enthrall anybody.

    And boo to losing the montages, those were fun and interesting. It's a movies awards show, shouldn't we be watching stuff about the movies? I mean, the montages were what, two or three minutes long? Are they really saving that much time by dropping them??

    If they want to shorten the time, go back to only having FIVE best picture nominess. Ten is just ridiculous.

    February 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  35. mike

    Here's an idea for future Oscars to cut down on time. 1.) as awful as this sounds, does the majority of the general viewing public really care who wins awards for sound, sound editing (difference there?), cinematography, Art Direction, or any of the other "technie" awards. Why not hand those out during the technie awards ceremony held a month prior to the Oscars. 2.) no more interpretive dance numbers to Best Score nominees. When these pop up, I usually leave the room for food a/o the bathroom. 3.) No long winded intros to the Best Picture nominees. Just make an announcement like "Here's one of the nominees: The Social Network". Just some ideas. I also miss the Best Song performances (really wanted to see Peter Gabriel's song from Wall-E, though b/c they were only going to play a medley, he bowed out of the performance) and am reminded of the 2000 Oscars when they played all five Best Song nominees at the same time. It was weird seeing Aimme Mann (Save Me from Magnolia), Sarah McLachlan and Randy Newman (Toy Story 2's "When she Loved Me", (don't remember who sang the song from "Music of My Heart") Phil Collins' "You'll be in my Heart", and then Robin Williams finally sing "Blame Canada" from South Park all in a row.

    February 23, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      I find it ironic (and somewhat amusing) that Mike wrote a short novella on how to cut down on time at the Oscars.

      February 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • EEE

      Well said Brenda. Well said.

      February 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • My Name is Mud

      But he makes good suggestions though...

      February 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • MekMek

      Well said.. please let them read Ths please let them read Ths...(got my fingers crossed & my head dwn in prayer mode) Lol

      February 24, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Dorlascada

      Sorry, Mike, to a film buff who enjoys the Oscars, the cinematography, screenplay writers, etc. are ESSENTIAL players in a good film. They should get their national recognition on national TV.

      February 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • NOo..oON

      Here's a way to reduce the length of the Oscars. Announce the winners in a press release and be done with it.

      February 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Durk

    who cares about montages and mominess . Its a waste of tv time that could be used on something that wasnt complete crap.

    February 23, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Snoddy

    As long as they leave in the intro funny montage 🙂

    February 23, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Marie

    The montages last year were a drag on the flow of the show. I was going to not watch this year, but the Franco/Hathaway hosting choice is intriguing, so I'll tune in.

    February 23, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  39. skammer

    I don't mind losing the montages, but they should bring back the Best Song performances.

    February 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Superhiro

    :\ Good luck getting viewers there Oscars.

    February 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |

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