Should the Oscars skip the technical awards?
The reason why I ask is because of the way the producers formatted the show this year. They did a nice job of grouping those technical awards together, threading them through the life cycle of a film's production. Believe me, it helped; instead of dragging out new presenters for each and every category, one set usually presented a few at a times (poor Will Smith was out there presenting the post-production awards almost as long as host Hugh Jackman was on stage). But somewhere around 10:30, I was still looking at the clock and trying to count how many categories were left.
It doesn't seem to matter how the Academy presents these awards. They're just boring as hell and there's nothing they can do about it to make it better. Yes, it's nice to see the people behind the scenes get their day in the spotlight on national television. But the problem is that it goes on for the vast majority of the program's middle portion, making a ceremony that could be knocked off in a brisk two-and-a-half hours into a three-and-a-half hour snoozefest.
To be honest, I can't think of a good way to fix this aside from cutting out these presentations altogether, which isn't fair to the people who win them. There's already a Sci-Tech Oscars ceremony, so it wouldn't be hard to put these awards there.
Can this be done? Or is a long, boring Oscar ceremony just something we have to accept? Let me know in the comments.