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How Much is Your Time Worth? What You Could Have Earned While Watching the 2012 Academy Awards®

Last night, the 84th Annual Academy Awards® brought some of Hollywood's hottest names out to play. "The Artist" took the Best Picture award, while Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin were named Best Actress and Best Actor for their respective performances in "The Iron Lady" and "The Artist." Billy Crystal hosted the ceremony, and even the red carpet had a drama-filled moment as Sacha Baron Cohen played a prank on Ryan Seacrest.

The 2012 Oscars® ceremony clocked in at just over three hours, and we couldn't resist crunching the numbers on what you could have earned in that time had you been at work instead of watching the awards on TV.

Job Title Hourly Pay Total
General Surgeon $112 $336
Attorney $48 $144
Elementary School Teacher $28 $60
Retail Store Manager $19 $57
Hairdresser $11 $33
Cashier $9 $27

Depending on your profession and commuting time, staying at home to watch the Oscars® might have actually been a wise financial decision.

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