Well, the 58th Academy Awards have come and gone. I, for one, am not sorry to see them go.
A few suggestions for next year:
Dump Jane Fonda and Alan Alda as hosts. They were as interesting as watching oatmeal cook. Instead, keep Robin Williams and add Steve Martin as his co-host. They should keep the audience awake.
Bring back Statler and Waldorf, the two Muppets in the balcony. They were almost as funny as Williams.
Eliminate all production numbers. I watch the Oscars to find out who wins , not to see Debbie Reynolds, Howard Keel, et al., dance around. The nominated songs don't need to be performed--it's not like we haven't heard them a billion times on the radio.
Start with the categories least likely to be interesting to the average viewer (e.g., documentary, short film) then work through the technical awards, thus saving the big ones (actors, actresses, director, and picture) for last, bringing the show to a (semi) interesting climax.