This year's Oscars producers didn't just experiment with their host — they also shook up the way the acting awards were presented. Instead of the regular old envelope, the Academy brought back winners from years past to say a few words directly to each nominee as a celebration of his or her work.
On the one hand, it was cool to see mega-stars on stage together, and the acting nominees got to bask in their moment a little longer than usual. Some, especially Anne Hathaway and Kate Winslet, seemed truly touched. On the other hand, the half-moon formation and ominous lighting gave it a bit of a secret society vibe, and I wonder if such intimate moments would have worked better at something like the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Here's a video of the last of these presentations, for Best Actor. Check it out and then tell me what you thought of the format.
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