Some Oscars to be presented from audience

Tuesday, February 8th 2005, 12:35 pm
By: News On 6

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Some of this year's Academy Award winners will receive their prizes from a presenter stationed in the audience in an effort to make sure every nominee is seen on camera.

Producer Gil Cates told the annual luncheon of nominees on Monday that the changes for the Feb. 27 telecast were a way to reduce the time it takes winners to make their way to the stage and to get more nominees seen by the worldwide television audience.

Some nominees will get their Oscars the traditional way, walking to the stage after their name is announced. In other instances, nominees in a single category will be gathered on stage while the presenter opens the envelope.

Cates said he believes these changes will be adopted by other awards shows as a new way to hand out prizes.

He also urged the nominees to keep their acceptance speeches short if they win and focus on saying something meaningful rather than reading a list of names unfamiliar to the viewing audience.