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45 Seconds Of Thanks

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Producer Chris | 12:11 UK time, Wednesday, 17 February 2010

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With the BAFTAs happening this weekend and the Oscars just a few weeks away, have you ever wondered how you'd react if you won such an award? At some stage everyone's stood in front of the mirror and done their acceptance speech. We've all seen them cry at the Oscars and get played off by the music if they're going on too long, but this year they are going to try avoid some of the more cringe worth acceptance speeches but limiting their time to 45 seconds to say thanks.

At the recent pre-Oscar lunch the nominees were told that if they win they'll give two speeches, a short one on stage where they've been asked to explain what winning an Oscar means to them, then one backstage into a thank you cam in which they can thank anyone and everyone. That video will then go online for all their friends and family to see if they got a thank you or not.

Also for the first time ever the winners will now be able to take their statuette home after the event. In the past they've had to wait a few weeks for it to be engraved but this year they will get the name plate added to the Oscar straight after the ceremony. However with only two people knowing the results before they're announced on stage the only way to do this is for them to make up name plates for every single nominee. That means one will be added and the others will all be recycled. So if you don't win, not only do you have to do your best, I'm pleased they got it face, but you now have to do it, safe in the knowledge that somewhere back stage your name on a little piece of gold is being chucked in the recycle bin... or whatever sort of bin they put gold in to be recycled.

If you want some more Oscar info, why not check out this blog post about how the nominations work. Also be sure to join us on Sunday at the Radio 1 Movies Blog as we liveblog the BAFTAs.

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