Sunday, March 02, 2014

Ten essential elements of an Oscar acceptance speech #Oscars

Our parents taught us to always say thank you. It's the right thing to do. If you receive an Oscar, here are some things to think about when you deliver your speech of thanks.

  1. Stay on time. If you have no guidelines, two minutes is enough.
  2. Stay relevant. Talk about the award, not your life story.
  3. Thank people who have helped you. It needn't be a long list, simply mention the three or four most significant, and add "and many others I don't have time to mention"
  4. Be humble. Winning an award is an honour, not an expectation.
  5. Avoid jokes. You're not there to do stand-up comedy.
  6. Avoid notes. You can easily speak for two minutes without prompts.
  7. Be sincere. And no, you can't fake that.
  8. Say how you feel. Being a little teary is OK. Blubbing constantly isn't.
  9. Be gracious. Praise the others on the short-list
  10. Remember to thank the Academy. First and last.
Lastly, smile as you return to your seat. You are entitled to!

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