Sometimes less is more.
Legendary “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak had some constructive criticism for the Oscars, suggesting what the Academy can do to make Sunday’s presentation more appealing: placing time limits on the political lecturing.
“New acceptance speech limitations announced for upcoming Academy Awards: 15 seconds for thank-yous & 45 seconds for lectures,” Sajak wrote.
The television icon’s recommendation received enthusiastic approval.
— Molly Notturniano (@Mnot55) February 24, 2018
— Cheryl McNabb (@McNabbCheryl) March 1, 2018
Some of the star’s followers thought that even 45 second was “too long.”
45 seconds too much! Won’t be watching, so they can do whatever they want. They always do.
— Michaelle Wisniewski (@MichaelleLWiz) February 23, 2018
It should be the other way around
— CJS (@CharlesJSherman) February 24, 2018
0 seconds for thank yous. 0 seconds for lectures. I can’t stomach the preaching and I don’t need Hollywood’s biased and uneducated opinions. Lol. I will not be watching.
— Jackie Mac? (@jmac915) February 23, 2018
Other media personalities didn’t want to let Sajak have all the fun. Comedian Dennis Miller and British journalist Piers Morgan immediately jumped aboard to criticize the politicization of the Oscars.
For Miller, watching hot dogs being made would be a more worthwhile use of time than tuning into the celebrity awards show.
Morgan called the 2017 presentation a “farce,” and predicted worse for this year.
I think the Oscars should be a night of celebrating movies, not people making political speeches.
Last year's Oscars became an issue-driven farce. This year's will be even worse. https://t.co/livsvweZwK
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 2, 2018
Last year’s event was filled jabs at the president, as were this year’s Golden Globes and Emmys. The #MeToo movement is a potential topic of activism at the Oscars, with the mood in Hollywood still strong against sexual rampant sexual misconduct in the industry.
One local California artist addressed Hollywood’s culture of sexual abuse by placing a statue of disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein on Hollywood Boulevard, The Sun reports.
The Oscars start Sunday at 8pm EST. ABC’s will serve as host for the second year in a row.
Many viewers have said they will not be tuning in.
We won’t be watching the nonsensical awards
— Patricia kemp (@Patrici93646638) February 27, 2018
We won’t be watching.
— Lady Patriot (@lynn_weiser) February 24, 2018
Will not watch Oscars no matter what they do
— Martel Plieiades (@MartelPlieiades) February 24, 2018
I’ll pass. ?
— Deb (@Bluegrassbabe3) February 24, 2018
Refuse to watch a propaganda program.
— QuietObserver (@tamaramaso007) February 23, 2018
Those self righteous blowhards love to hear the sound of their own voice.
— Eric Abbott (@ericabbott2239) February 23, 2018
No one except Hollywood will watch, no matter the time restriction.
— J J. (@JJYS0913) February 23, 2018