Jet Ski victor Mark Bridges had the best Oscar night

Irene MckinneyMar 06, 2018

It's become standard for awards show acceptance speeches to be a race against the clock, as the award victor tries to rattle out his or her long list of thanks before the orchestra plays them off.

In his opening monologue for the ceremony, Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel offered up the Jet Ski as a game-show-like prize to the Oscar victor who gave the shortest acceptance speech.

Played off like a Price Is Right prize, Kimmel's opening monologue concluded with the reveal of Mirren showing off the jet ski, and it became a recurring bit throughout the show.

Viewership for the Academy Awards plunged 20 percent from previous year to a record-low 26.5 million, the first time on record the Oscars reached fewer than 30 million people. The city even extended an all-expenses paid trip to the shortest speech victor, Mark Bridges, who won for Best Costume Design and got to go home with a jet ski.

As the ceremony closed, Bridges got on the Jet Ski with his Oscar in hand and Helen Mirren sitting behind him.

Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel wanted to show gratitude to movie fans on Hollywood's biggest night Sunday.

Kimmel managed to get a host of actors and directors on board, including Gal Gadot, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Hamill, Lupita Nyon'o, Emily Blunt, Ansel Elgort, Armie Hammer, Margot Robbie and Guillermo del Toro.

The Academy Awards was only the latest live broadcast to lose its sheen this year.

Kimmel announced at the end of the night that Bridges had the shortest speech, which clocked in around 30 seconds.

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