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OSCAR BRIBE

At the annual Oscar nominees lunch held yesterday in Beverly Hills, producer Gil Cates announced that there will be a special Producer's Award for the person who delivers the shortest acceptance speech. "We're going to give you a beautiful, expensive high-definition television set," he told the nominees. "If it's a category like Best Picture where there is more than one winner, we'll give everybody a TV set. I'm serious about this." Cates went on to say that, "If you have people that you feel you must thank, make a list. After you've won, we'll take that list and put it right up on our website, Oscars.com, so everybody can read it. Just don't read it on the air."

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At the annual Oscar nominees lunch held yesterday in Beverly Hills, producer Gil Cates announced that there will be a special Producer's Award for the person who delivers the shortest acceptance speech. "We're going to give you a beautiful, expensive high-definition television set," he told the nominees. "If it's a category like Best Picture where there is more than one winner, we'll give everybody a TV set. I'm serious about this." Cates went on to say that, "If you have people that you feel you must thank, make a list. After you've won, we'll take that list and put it right up on our website, Oscars.com, so everybody can read it. Just don't read it on the air."