Without question, the highlight of Sunday night’s Academy Awards show was cute little 9-year old Quvenzhané Wallis flexing her muscles. Shirley Bassey (who sang Goldfinger), Jennifer Hudson (And I Am Telling You), and Adele (Skyfall) also put on a show with their standout vocal performances. Yet as usual, the program ran entirely too long at 3 1/2 hours (or more if you watched the red carpet), with all awards the 40 million viewers really wanted to see happening in a short span of 30 minutes.
The 2013 Oscars can very well be described as 3 1/2 hours you’ll never get back, though most viewers probably didn’t have anything better to watch since their favorite shows were running reruns.
If you thought the Oscars were a yawn or didn’t watch, here are five ways we suggest would make the annual award ceremony better: