Acceptance Speeches Pushing the Envelope (in a bad way)

Posted on March 8, 2010 
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Acceptance speeches can be boring – and the Oscars on Sunday night offered no exception.  Be short. Be graceful.  Be sure to thank your mother. And make sure you don’t have a wardrobe malfunction.  During the Oscars, when supporting actress winner Mo’Nique did a shout out to herself – noting that the Academy did the right thing by awarding performance over politics — I cringed. Was it just me, or did her speech strike you as angry and full of hubris? Did she really have to put it that way?  And when producer Elinor Baker jumped on stage and pulled a “Kanye” on director Roger Ross Williams (winner for short documentary)– and took over the microphone,  I thought, c’mon.  When another winner (Sandy Powell, for Costume Design) gloated that “I already have two of these [oscar statues],” I thought: did she really have to say that?  I admit that all this craziness made the ceremony a little more interesting and entertaining.  I wonder whether the aforementioned winners scripted their acceptance speeches or went off the cuff . Either way, it’s a relief to see that even Oscar winners are not so great at public speaking…

- Diane Schwartz

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