I have the best idea on how to make awards shows move along more quickly and minimize the boring factor:
Every person nominated for an award must submit a list of names for 'thank you's'. If this person's name is called as the winner in his/her category, this list of names will then scroll - much like credits at the end of a film - while the winner walks to the stage to accept the trophy. Since award show directors will know where each winner is seated before hand, as well as how long the list of names is, they should be able to accurately time the scrolling to end by the time the winner is at the microphone. THEN - the winner has 30 seconds to gush without mentioning anyone beyond a spouse or family.