Fixing the Oscars: Trivia!
One problem with the Oscars is that a lot of secrets and trivia comes from the interview room. If they want to add something to spice up the ceremony, perhaps they should add little bits of trivia on each nominated film or performer (this could be something that they play before commercial breaks instead of having an announcer or doing the little "This is what it felt like to win an Oscar" clips they did this year).
For instance, here's a note from CNN's backstage report:
Finally, a comment from “There Will Be Blood” cinematographer Robert Elswit that should give us all pause. Asked what the film used to create its “oil,” Elswit said it’s something most of us have imbibed at one time or another: “It was industrial material used by McDonald’s to thicken their milkshakes, and I’m not kidding. That’s actually true.”
“I drink your milkshake,” indeed.
While they couldn't use that exact fact without losing a possible Mickey D's sponsorship, I think there's enough interesting info out there to use. Hell, if the Oscars are really desperate, they can even use it as a reason for people to come back after the commercials. Ask a question before the break and then answer it when they come back. Cheesy, perhaps. But it's an awards show and I think that idea is better than resurrecting Debbie Allen's interpretive dance pieces.