The biggest trophy of the 90th Academy Awards wasn't a golden genitalia-free statue. It was the green-and-black jet ski host Jimmy Kimmel offered up for the sake of brevity:
"Whoever gives the shortest speech tonight gets some jet skis," Kimmel said, adding, "in the event of a tie, the jet ski goes to Christopher Plummer."
Maybe it should've gone to Rita Moreno. The 86-year-old actress was in the audience, wearing the same dress she had worn to the 1962 Oscars when she won for "West Side Story" and gave a super brief speech that was only about 15 seconds long.
If your speech went on too long, Kimmel warned, you'd face "Get Out" actor Lakeith Stanfield rushing in to yell "GET OUT!"That didn't end up happening, though.
Helen Mirren showed off the jet ski -- priced at $17,999 -- early in the show. And then it was just a matter of waiting to see who would win it. As the night wore on, and the speeches kept going on, Jimmy returned to the stage to sweeten the pot: "A trip to sunny Lake Havasu!" (It's on the California and Arizona border.)
At the end of the night, Kimmel revealed the jet ski winner: Mark Bridges, who had won the Costume Design Oscar for "Phantom Thread." Bridges also has an Oscar in the same category for "The Artist."
It's hard to imagine a costume designer being a big jet skier, but you never know. Congrats, buddy!
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