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Oscars ceremony was one of the shortest in recent times

February 28, 2011 |  9:00 am

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The running time of the 83rd Academy Awards show isn't official yet, but it was about 3 hours and 15 minutes. That's one of the shortest in recent years. See the list below of other Oscarcasts since 1980.

What's curious about looking back at the running time of old Oscar shows is how (relatively) short they were prior to 1980. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, many shows ran between two and three hours. They contained very few entertainment segments. The focus was on doling out one award after another … after another … .

April 14, 1980: 3 hours, 12 minutes
March 31, 1981: 3 hours, 13 minutes
March 29, 1982: 3 hours, 24 minutes
April 11, 1983: 3 hours, 15 minutes
April 9, 1984: 3 hours, 42 minutes
March 25, 1985: 3 hours, 10 minutes
March 24, 1986: 3 hours, 2 minutes
March 30, 1987: 3 hours, 19 minutes
April 11, 1988: 3 hours, 33 minutes
 March 29, 1989: 3 hours, 19 minutes
March 26, 1990: 3 hours, 37 minutes
March 25, 1991: 3 hours, 35 minutes
March 30, 1992:  3 hours, 33 minutes
March 29, 1993: 3 hours, 30 minutes
March 21, 1994: 3 hours, 18 minutes
March 27, 1995: 3 hours, 35 minutes
March 25, 1996: 3 hours, 38 minutes
March 24, 1997:  3 hours, 34 minutes
March 23, 1998:  3 hours, 47 minutes
March 21, 1999:  4 hours, 02 minutes
March 26, 2000: 4 hours, 04 minutes
March 25, 2001: 3 hours, 23 minutes
March 24, 2002: 4 hours, 23 minutes
March 23, 2003: 3 hours, 30 minutes
February 29, 2004: 3 hours, 44 minutes
February 27, 2005: 3 hours, 14 minutes
March 5, 2006: 3 hours, 33 minutes
February 25, 2007: 3 hours, 51 minutes
February 24, 2008: 3 hours, 21 minutes
February 22, 2009:  3 hours, 30 minutes
March 7, 2010: 3 hours, 37 minutes

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