Thanks, Oscar

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Published March 5, 2010

Despite recent efforts to curtail them, acceptance speeches are one of the Academy Award ceremony’s signature elements. This year’s winners are being forced to limit their statements to a mere forty-five seconds–award recipients will be encouraged to direct their excess gratitudte to a backstage “thank you camera“–and it’s hard to believe that some degree of Oscar magic won’t be lost along with the traditional recitation of names of friends, family members, colleagues, financial-backers, and higher powers. Though we’ll have to wait until Sunday to see if a shorter broadcast is worth the lost minutes of tearful acknowledgements, the video above (featuring an all-star cast that includes Gwyneth Paltrow circa 1999) pays tribute to the endless award ceremony “thank you.”