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  • Paul Sheehan
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    This year’s Oscarcast was a disappointment both creatively and commercially.

    What do you think can be done to make this must-see viewing once more.

    How about an “American Idol” style elimination — start the evening with 10 Best Picture nominees and winnow them down to a final two, with the winner revealed at the end of the show.

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    CanadianFan
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    A few things they can do:

    – Combine the sound mixing and sound editing categories
    – Have all nominees nominated for original song perform (it’s a disgrace that they cut their own nominees)
    – Show a small clip for every actor nominated

    There are larger things they need to do in order to have credibility — like making those lazy voters sign an affidavit — but that’s for another time.

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    GusCruz
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    End the Original Song category.

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    Tom
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    * Better presenters – reunite former co-stars from iconic films that celebrate a milestone in that particular year. Best Picture presenter should be someone who is highly respected within the industry and would receive a standing ovation.

    * The host needs to engage more with the crowd. Personally, I loved when Ellen did the selfie and ordered pizza. Could have worked for Chris Rock with the cookies but it wasn’t quite the same. Take a risk with the host – choose someone who will take some risks

    * As mentioned above – all of the original song nominees should be asked to perform or none at all.

    * Don’t allow category fraud, tighten up the rules for lead and supporting performances and stick with the rules.

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    AnDres Gtz
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    The sound categories, in my opinion, should stay like that. There’s too much people involved in sound to just award them in one category. What they should do is, maybe, make clear to all the members the difference between the two.

    Stop awarding Best Original Song. Most of the time is pointless and doesn’t even contribute largely to the final product. That would also eliminate the boring live performances at the Oscar telecast.

    Award Best Casting.

    Divide cinematography category in two: Digital and Traditional. (maybe just 3 or 4 nominees for each one).

    Make clear rules to determine the difference between supporting and leading acting categories to avoid eligibility frauds.

    Special award for best really indie film (ej: under 5 million budget)

    Make the Oscars global. This means, for best film nominations, to take in consideration not just american ones, but from all parts of the world. Globalization and internet has brought us an interconnected world where you can see what’s happening anywhere. This could end foreign language category. Half of nominated films aren’t remembered and very few people loved; take in consideration 2015 nominees, just four from the eight really trascended, figure out which ones.

    Invite more foreign people making films at their own countries to join the Academy, and balance the vote according to the ethnicity or nationality of each member’s ethnic/regional group; for instance, the huge group of white-old-american males’ vote count a percentage less than, maybe, the small group of young-asian-thai women’s one.

    Never invite Chris Rock or Seth MacFarlane to host again.

    Special mention to best genre film (good luck defining that)

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    It can never be fixed as long as there is a membership that hates successful movies that also enjoy critical appeal. The last chance for a change for the better was squandered when Spotlight, Mad Max Fury Road and Ex Machina combined to deny the most popular movie in history, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, its due as 2015’s best movie.

    Unless the sci-fi bias is purged from this organization, it can never again be called a movie awards that embrace anything but arthouse choices. 4 of the last 5 BP winners are the least-seen Oscar best movie champions ever. Audiences realized that the Academy has no desire at this point to seek a balance between the artsy-fartsy festival circuit, which has them by the balls, and the mainstream, which takes it on the chin almost every single time.

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    AnDres Gtz
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    Star Wars: The Force Awakens, its due as 2015’s best movie

    LOL what? Money and popularity doesn’t make a best film winner. In that case, Avengers should’ve won? SW got 5 nominations, that’s a lot, even more than Ex Machina, which you’re quoting.

    that embrace anything but arthouse choices

    LOL WHAT? The Oscars needs more arthouse! This year there was just The Revenant, what do you want nominated? Fast & Furious 7? Jurassic World?
    Mad Max (sci-fi, commercial) and even The Martian (SCI-FI, MORE COMMERCIAL) made the final cut. Also, you had an indie, a romance, a social criticism, a comedy, an old-school and, yes, ONE arthouse.

    That your favorite film didn’t win doesn’t mean the Oscars made all wrong choices.

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    Here’s How I would fix the Oscar ceremony.

    Show starts at 7pm EST. The show itself, not the damn ABC red carpet. At 7:OO a voiceover would say “LAdies & gentlemen, welcome to the ____th Academy Awards. Here’s our first presenter (Big name female celeb). At 7:01 or 7:02 (depending on the length of that star’s applause) she would say, “The nominees for Best Supporting Actor are…” Start off with a major category. After said Supporting Actor walks off stage, someone else comes out. This repeats until we have at least three categories done by the first commercial break.

    I would have no host. Hosts take up too much valuable time, between jokes/song medleys that are way too long & usually fall flat. I would rather hear a passionate, teary speech from a BEst Actor/Actress winner than a host who insists on trying to get the audience to laugh or respond to lame jokes. Besides, for many years, the Golden Globes had the same number of categories as the Oscars and without a host (and also starting at 8pm est) they show rarely went over. And when it did, no more than by five minutes.

    I would eliminate every song performance. Those that are nominated esp. We don’t needs to hear the songs. Especially the terrible selections that music branch have been making the last couple of years. Most of the nominated songs (at least this decade) are coming from films most people have never seen (Beyond the Lights & The Hunting Ground did not set any box office attendance records) let alone heard their songs. They just take up time.
    I would also lose any musical or song tribute. I don’t give a damn that it’s the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music or the tenth year of Chicago winning Best Picture. Nobody cares. If we didn’t have Lady Gaga singing whatever song from TSOM that she sang, Eddie Redmayne could have given a speech that wasn’t in jeopardy of being played off.

    All category winners get no more than two minutes to give their speeches. If seven guys win Best Sound Mixing, they better start talking fast because two minutes is all they get.
    And instead of being played off by the music, the microphone, at exactly two minutes, would cut off and fall directly to the floor and under the stage.

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    TFA also had a 92 from Rotten Tomatoes. Thus, it ticked off both boxes as popular and with strongest critical support.

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    All category winners get no more than two minutes to give their speeches. If seven guys win Best Sound Mixing, they better start talking fast because two minutes is all they get.
    And instead of being played off by the music, the microphone, at exactly two minutes, would cut off and fall directly to the floor and under the stage.

    Winners almost never get to make speeches that go over two minutes, which is actually a problem. Speeches are fun. They fight to win and they usually have something to say. I would let them have three minutes.
    Good humor though!

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    KyleBailey
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    LET. THE. WINNER. SPEAK. Seriously? 90 seconds? That’s just rude to the winner who probably has waited 30-40 years to get on that stage. Start at 7 EST and keep all the categories. And bring back Hugh Jackman/Steve Martin/Alec Baldwin

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    tomcain68
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    Best Original Song should NEVER be eliminated.

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    tomcain68
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    Have you never seen the Oscars? Foreign films ARE eligible for Best Pic.

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    tomcain68
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    Star Wares The Force Awakens as Best Pic? Oh you seriously must be kidding. It was a good fun film. I really enjoyed it. But it was far from being the best reviewed film of the year.

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    Best Original Song should NEVER be eliminated.

    I agree, and every nominee should be performed. To only give three songs a chance to shine was a huge injustice.

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