Instant Index: Oscar 'Swag Bags,' Acceptance Speeches and The Razzies

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The fifth and final film of The Twilight Saga, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two" swept The Razzie Awards, one of the only film awards Hollywood directors, actors and producers dread winning. This may be because The Razzie Awards "honor" the worst cinematic achievements of the year. "Breaking Dawn - Part Two" won seven Razzies on Feb. 23, including Worst Film, Worst Ensemble Cast, Worst Director (Bill Condon), Worst Actress (Stewart) and Worst Supporting Actor (Lautner). Other Razzie winners included Adam Sandler for Worst Actor for "That's My Boy" and Rihanna for Worst Supporting Actress in "Battleship."

(Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)


If it seems like the Oscar acceptance speeches just keep on getting longer and longer every year, it's because they are. A Georgia Tech researcher found that the average Oscar speech lasted 40 seconds in the 1960s and now run about two minutes. The orchestra has only had to cut off nine Oscar winners in the main categories.

(Jason Merritt/Getty Images)


The Oscar nominees who don't win that golden statue tonight won't be leaving empty handed. The year's "swag bags" are loaded with luxurious consolation prizes, for the most part. To name just a few, vacations to Australia, Hawaii and Mexico. Also included, a $5,000 face-lift voucher, circus classes for children, and condoms. The bags are worth nearly $48,000, but are the least expensive bag in five years. Just three years ago, the bags were worth more than $93,000.

(Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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