KEEP IT SHORT: One hundred Academy Award nominees
gathered at the annual pre-Oscars lunch on Tuesday were urged
by the ceremony’s producers to keep their acceptance speeches
brief. The show clocked in at just under 4 hours last year,
and the show producers fear its length is costing them viewers.
"The Academy is calling upon all nominees to write up a
laundry list of people to thank. Winners' lists will be immediately
posted on the Oscar Web site, Oscar.com.." Variety 3/14/01