The Academy is giving Oscar acceptance speeches an overhaul

The acceptance speeches at the Oscars have certainly provided some memorable moments over the years – but ahead of the 2016 awards, the Academy have announced plans to shake things up. In a bid to prevent long, drawn-out speeches, in which the stars thank everyone from their managers to their stylists, nominees will be asked to submit a full list of names they wish to thank during their speech ahead of the ceremony.

That list of names will then run along the bottom of the screen during the 28 February telecast, leaving the winners free to focus on other things during their allotted 45-seconds.

Julia Roberts acceptance speech Julia Roberts is among the stars who refused to be 'played off' during her acceptance speech

The move is also designed to avoid recipients being unceremoniously 'played off' by the orchestra at inopportune moments; in 2015, Dana Perry was interrupted by music just as she had begun to discuss the suicide of her son and its impact on her as a film maker.

Battling the orchestra has become something of a tradition at the Oscars. Among those who have refused to be cut off by the conductor is Julia Roberts, having just won her best actress award for Erin Brockovich in 2001. "Sir, you are doing a great job," she said. "But you're so quick with that stick, so why don't you sit, because I may never be here again."

This year's Oscars will take place at the Dolby Theatre in LA on 28 February, with comedian Chris Rock hosting. Alejandro G Inarritu's film The Revenant is tipped in both the best director and best cinematography categories, with its star Leonardo DiCaprio expected to win his first best actor Oscar. Spotlight remains the favourite to take the best film award in a race with The Revenant and comedy drama The Big Short.

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