If you watched all of the Oscars last night there were a lot of speeches. 23 to be exact. But I actually didn’t think anybody was too long or boring. They were all pretty good and Kimmel and the “wrap it up” music did a great job moving things along.
How long exactly do they have for the speeches?
It was actually referenced by one of the winners last night. They get 45 seconds, and yes there is a countdown clock they look right at. This was put in place back in 2002, after that ceremony lasted four hours and twenty-three minutes! After that someone thankfully said “enough, we need a system”
Since then, the show has had the 45-second rule. Anyone who goes longer will be hit with the famous wrap it up music played by the orchestra.
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