Altering the Academy Awards

MG Siegler, "Oscars, The Grouch":

I’d cut out all the schtick and drastically reduce the time of the ceremony. I’d have some tributes, some songs, and an opening monologue. But mainly I’d just hand out the statues and focus on the speeches. I’d keep it classy. Elegant. Perhaps that sounds boring. But it can’t be more boring than a non-stop barrage of self-referential jokes and costume changes. I don’t want to relate to the talent of Hollywood. I want them to be recognized for what they do best and to promise to do more of it. Sounds good to me. I'd even go a step further and cut down on the number of nominees for Best Picture; I'd rather it be harder to win the top prize by reducing the field than give more films a chance at winning.