Magazine article Screen International

Oscars 2018: Mark Bridges Wins Jet Ski for Shortest Acceptance Speech

Magazine article Screen International

Oscars 2018: Mark Bridges Wins Jet Ski for Shortest Acceptance Speech

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Phantom Thread costume designer takes home unusual award.

Helen Mirren, Mark Bridges and a jet ski

At the start of this year’s Academy Awards, presenter Jimmy Kimmel announced that the winner who gave the shortest acceptance speech would win an $18,000 jet ski and a trip to Lake Havasu in Arizona.

He was referencing an age old Oscars complaint, that the show - especially the speeches - were too long.

He said: “This is a really long show. So here’s what we’re going to do. Not saying you shouldn’t give a long speech, but whoever gives the shortest speech tonight will go home with - Johnny, tell them what they’ll win. …

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