The first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929 to honor cinematic achievements was just 15 minutes long. Modern versions of the ceremony, also referred to as the Oscars, are often at least three hours long. The original ceremony gave out awards in 12 categories, including one that was never included in any other Academy Awards since: Best Unique and Artistic Quality of a Production. The second shortest Academy Awards ceremony was in 1956, and lasted just 90 minutes, while the longest ceremony was in 2002 and lasted four hours and 23 minutes.
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