How long do Oscar winners get to speak?

How long do Oscar winners get to speak?
Source: AP
Source: AP

There are few things as cringeworthy as watching an actor or director get cut off during their acceptance speech at the Oscars. Unfortunately for them, there is a time limit in place when it comes to thanking everyone. 

In 2010, the nominees were given a stern reminder that Oscar speeches are to be kept under 45 seconds. We know most don't abide by this rule, which was previously in place but ignored. Most winners either keep it short and sweet or go over significantly, talking well past the music's onset. 

One of the shortest acceptance speeches ever was from Patty Duke. In 1963, Duke won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her work in The Miracle Worker. She kept it simple with a brief but emotional "thank you."


The longest acceptance speech ever goes to Greer Garson, who spoke for over five minutes. She won the Oscar in 1943 for her performance in Mrs. Miniver and made sure no one ever forgot it. 

More recently, Matthew McConaughey gave the longest acceptance speech from the last 25 years. McConaughey won best actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club in 2014 and spoke for just over three minutes.

We're sure this year's batch of potential winners will keep it relatively short but just as memorable. 

Mic has ongoing Oscars coverage. Please follow our main Oscars hub here. 

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Jordan Appugliesi

Jordan is a part-time arts and entertainment writer based in Toronto.

MORE FROM

‘Girls Trip’ finishes second at the box office, outperforming expectations

The film's success once again demonstrates how diverse films are underestimated at the box office.

‘Insecure’ season two is television for us, by us — and it’s even better than before

Creator Issa Rae shouldn't sweat the Emmy snub — her connection with her core audience is what really makes this series shine.

We talked to military experts about who will win the Iron Throne

Does Dany have a chance? Historians, tacticians and scholars weigh in on the ultimate outcome of 'Game of Thrones.'

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 2 Trailer: New alliances may form in “Stormborn”

Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen may have an unexpected intermediary.

Tyler, the Creator is still a “walking paradox” on the rumor-baiting ‘Flower Boy’

Is he queer? Maybe. Does he know how to use the speculation to further his art? Definitely.

Note to Ryan Murphy: ‘American Horror Story’ reveals don’t need to be a scavenger hunt

The title and premiere date of the seventh season of 'American Horror Story' were revealed Thursday.

‘Girls Trip’ finishes second at the box office, outperforming expectations

The film's success once again demonstrates how diverse films are underestimated at the box office.

‘Insecure’ season two is television for us, by us — and it’s even better than before

Creator Issa Rae shouldn't sweat the Emmy snub — her connection with her core audience is what really makes this series shine.

We talked to military experts about who will win the Iron Throne

Does Dany have a chance? Historians, tacticians and scholars weigh in on the ultimate outcome of 'Game of Thrones.'

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 2 Trailer: New alliances may form in “Stormborn”

Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen may have an unexpected intermediary.

Tyler, the Creator is still a “walking paradox” on the rumor-baiting ‘Flower Boy’

Is he queer? Maybe. Does he know how to use the speculation to further his art? Definitely.

Note to Ryan Murphy: ‘American Horror Story’ reveals don’t need to be a scavenger hunt

The title and premiere date of the seventh season of 'American Horror Story' were revealed Thursday.