Academy Awards to Incorporate ‘The Price Is Right’ Big Wheel Into Acceptance Speeches

In a move that will cut down on the time spent thanking people for a once-in-a-lifetime achievement, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will use the Big Wheel from The Price Is Right to determine how long each winner gets to speak during the annual televised award ceremony.

“We feel this is a fair compromise,” Academy President John Bailey said. “Those who win get to determine how long they have to thank all the people that meant something in their lives, all while the show gains some much-needed levity.”

Under the new rules, each winner spins the iconic game show wheel. The award recipient will have until it stops to nervously yell out into a crowd something he or she probably has been practicing ever since getting into the entertainment industry.

If Oscar winners want more time, they are allowed to spin again. However, if the combination of numbers they land on goes over a dollar, they lose the award to the runner-up.

If someone spins the wheel and it doesn’t go around for at least one full revolution, that award winner will be booed by the audience.

“We don’t think anyone would get that greedy,” Bailey said, “but they also have a chance to win a thousand dollars if they get exactly a dollar, and 10 thousand if they get it twice, so who knows.”

If someone spins the wheel and it doesn’t go around for at least one full revolution, that award winner will be booed by the audience.

“This could be a problem for the lifetime winners, but the rules are the rules,” Bailey explained. “It will feel good just to get some of that pent-up energy out of all those people who have to wait four hours not to hear their name called.”

The Academy also is considering including other game show gimmicks into the proceedings, like using the Wheel of Fortune set to reveal the winner letter by letter, or having Let’s Make a Deal’s Wayne Brady offer a mystery prize in a box in exchange for the Oscar.

“We know how taxing the whole show is to our guests and viewers alike,” Bailey said. “We’re hoping this will make us just a smidge more relevant again.”

 

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