Finally! I got inside the Nokia Theatre! Before the show, producers came out to give the audience a few tips about the telecast. This year, due to feedback from past winners, they did away with the countdown clock and instead informed the nominees they'd have 40 seconds to speak. They were very adamant about not using music to dismiss winners from the stage — but said they'd have to if speeches ran long. The telecast was expected to run two hours and five minutes without commercials.