WATCH: Kimmel Awards Jet Ski to Oscar Winner With Shortest Acceptance Speech After Four Hour Ceremony


In Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue at the Oscars, he had a trick up his sleeve to attempt to keep the legendarily-long awards show short: tempt winners to keep their acceptance speeches short by promising a jet ski to the shortest speech.

And the winner was…Mark Bridges!

That’s the costume designer of Paul Thomas Anderson’s film Phantom Thread, starring Daniel Day Lewis.

Bridges’ speech rang in at just 36 seconds, and as a result he took home not only a golden statue, but also a $18,000 jet ski and a free stay at the Days Inn on Lake Havasu in Arizona. It’s not clear that Kimmel’s ploy worked either way, as the Oscars ceremony ended up running for a punishing four hours.

Watch Kimmel present the jet ski — with an assist from actress Helen Mirren — and award it to Bridges above, via ABC.

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