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More Oscar Troubles

April 24, 1988

Motion Picture Academy members continue to be maddeningly tolerant of prolix award acceptors.

Here is a serious suggestion from suburban Washington as to how to deal with winners who talk boringly on and on while at least one person in each of the 26 million viewer homes probably would like to muzzle the offenders.

There should be an unobtrusive electrified mat on which each winner stands. If he or she only speaks for the allotted time, no current; after the time limit, a gradual increase in current. This would lead to some welcome spontaneity on the part of the offending winners. A double hotfoot may be the only way to hurry some people off camera.

SALLY HUNTER

Alexandria, Va.

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