~~ "I do wish I could tell you my age but it is impossible.
It keeps changing all the time." ~~
I was watching our annual television award program, The Logies, the other night and the subject of an adequate time for an acceptance speech came up. It was said that Greer Garson's Oscar acceptance speech went for a long 47 minutes! Now that is incorrect; it may have seemed that long but the Guinness Book of World Records says 5½ minutes. Patrick Stockstill, historian at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, says 7 minutes and another person says 6 minutes.
In 1943 Greer came on to accept her Best Actress award for 'Mrs Miniver' (1942) and said, "I'm practically unprepared"; minutes on, presenter Joan Fontaine looked for a seat. It was the last speech of the night and nearly 2am! The Academy was compelled after that to limit speeches to 45 seconds. By the way, Greer's Oscar was destroyed in a house fire and The Academy sent a replacement.
The shortest acceptance Oscar speech was given by Alfred Hitchcock; in accepting the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for creative producers in 1968; he simply said, "Thank you".
Our Logie Awards were named after John Logie Baird (1888-1946), a Scottish engineer and inventor of the world's first working television system, also the world's first fully electronic colour television tube.