Originally Posted by That Don Guy
Was there a different piece of music used "for famous people," or are you saying that they didn't subject the acting, directing, and best picture winners to a time limit?
Actually, I'm pretty sure there's an unwritten rule that the (Leading Role) Actor and Actress winners can speak for pretty much as long as they want, and it may apply to Director and Picture as well. Didn't they play it for Adele (excuse me - for Adele Adkins, since she was accepting in her "songwriter persona") during her speech for the Original Song Oscar?
I don't know what the official policy is, but a friend in the FX industry noted that the Life of Pi FX team got 1 min, 3 seconds and another tech-type award got over 3 min, so they definitely vary it.
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