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Rules change for Oscars acceptance speeches

Winners will be able to hand over a list of the people they wish to thank, and the names will be scrolled at the bottom of the screen

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We’ve all yawned each year as Oscar winners rush through the names of the people they want to thank during their brief acceptance speeches, hoping no one is forgotten.

Well, things are about to change.

The producers of the annual Academy Awards announced on Monday that this year’s winners will be able to hand over a list of the people they wish to thank, and the names will be scrolled at the bottom of the screen.

The change will allow winners to concentrate on saying what’s really on their mind during the 45 seconds they are allotted -- rather than making sure they don’t forget to thank mom, dad and their pet.

The new rule was announced at the annual Oscar nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills, a star-studded affair taking place this year against a backdrop of controversy over diversity in Hollywood and talk of boycotting the Oscars ceremony on February 28.