The Celeb Guide to Giving an Oscar Acceptance Speech
There are two ways to tackle this one: You can pull the unrehearsed (and unapologetic) Meryl Streep, who, upon winning Best Actress for The Iron Lady in 2012, said, “When they called my name I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, ‘Oh no, oh come on, why? Her? Again?’ But, whatever.” Or go the sweeter route: “Did I really earn this or did I just wear you all down?” she joked when accepting the 2010 trophy for The Blind Side.
KEEP IT SHORT
Oscar producers won’t be mad if you model yourself after 1991 Best Supporting Actor winner Joe Pesci (Goodfellas), whose speech was all of six words: “It was my privilege, thank you.”
BUT LET YOURSELF GET EXCITED
Then again, several of you are first-time nominees and probably want to savor your seconds in the spotlight. So it’s okay to let loose, like newbies and did in their adorably escalating speech for writing Good Will Hunting in 1997 (“Chris Moore! Chris Moore!” “Yeah Patrick Whitesell!”).
KISS THE PRESENTER
Well maybe. Use your judgment on this one – while the world loved Best Actor Adrien Brody’s passionate kiss in 2003, the actress was obviously a bit taken aback by the PDA.
COIN A CATCHPHRASE
MAKE IT A TRIP
Just be sure that if you fall on your way up to the stage, you do it as gracefully as Best Actress winner did at the 2013 awards. Dior dress preferred. Help from sexy front-row dwellers like and a must.
DON'T LET THE ORCHESTRA FAZE YOU
Sure, Cuba Gooding Jr. started his 1997 Best Supporting Actor speech by telling the orchestra he’d wrap it up when his time ran out but once he really got going, the man couldn’t be stopped. So just get louder – the A-list audience will totally support you.
OR BETTER YET, SASS THE ORCHESTRA
To avoid that situation all together, though, preface your talk by asking the orchestra to stand down, à la Best Actress in 2001. “I’m going to spend some time here to tell you some things,” she declared before turning to the conductor and saying, “And sir you’re doing a great job but you’re so quick with that stick so why don’t you sit, ‘cause I may never be here again.” Guess what? He listened!