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If you don't thank everyone at CAA you might as well take that shovel from the hands of the golden statue and start digging your own grave. Or at least that's the common thought. Nowadays, people just rattle off a bunch of studio heads. I say if you're going to give us a laundry list of names, at least out your 4th grade English teacher along the way, as Tom Hanks once did. This is a tough one. Tears can be moving or just plain distracting.
It's all in the timing, so never cry before reaching the podium. Sniffling is acceptable, and wiping tears is downright encouraged, but if one of the presenters has to help you off stage, then your performance has gone too far. Also, and this is important, the supporting actor or actress should never cry.
They're receiving an Oscar for being supportive, not for being a blubbery mess. When Cher won an Oscar for her role in "Moonstruck," she received a lot of flack for showering her makeup artist, hairdresser, and assistant with thanks, while failing to mention her co-stars or director. While this may have been politically incorrect, at least she said what was on her mind, which is something that has been absent from Oscar speeches of recent memory.
Thanking your mom is a must. It's the only person to thank really. And talking about the sacrifices she made is even better. If she's in the audience, have her stand up. If this seems excessive, keep in mind that David Letterman has made a living off of exploiting his innocent mother on air. You just won an academy award, and the first thing you do is complain about how difficult it is to hold? You might as well just thank "the little people. When you run out of time, and the orchestra music starts to play, don't gang up on the conductor.
These men have shown themselves valiant in action, and it would be enough, I think, for their glories to be proclaimed in action. Oscar Night: "Good evening. I will not and should not attempt to name every individual or organization to whom I owe a profound debt.
For I have less than a minute of time in front of this microphone but [X] years of friendships, partnerships, conversations and moments which have borne me here. Pericles' appeal to complexity only works as a preface. Similarly, during an acceptance speech, one must thank people. There are generally three schools of thought on how to do this.
The first is Elliptical and might be called the Pesci School. The second is the Blanket or the Morgan Freeman School. The third is the Particular and might, after the great educer of names, be termed the Joe McCarthy school. Pesci, in his win for Goodfellas , would have done Basho proud. His speech, in its entirety, reads: "It's my privilege. Thank you. It's exactly as expansive or exclusionary a cone of gratitude as the beholder can conceive. Morgan Freeman, upon winning an Oscar for Million Dollar Baby , was slightly more specific, but only slightly.
It may not be a particularly warm blanket nor one embroidered with proper nouns, but it provides at the least a modicum of gratitude. The last approach, by far the most treacherous, attempts the impossible: a precise naming of names. Followers of this school include Cuba Gooding Jr. But by embarking down this path, the orator lays himself open to cries of meanness and ingratitude at the worst and logorrhea and hysteria at best. By following this unwise path did Gooding consign himself to indignity, professing love loudly even as the string section played the extinguishing leitmotif of his own exeunt and he, lingering like an estranged father making a toast at his child's wedding, refused to go gently.
Thus did Julia Roberts' Promethean attempt to thank all those involved with Erin Brockovich falter for in all her gratitude she had forgotten to thank the real Erin Brockovich. Since not every star has the wherewithal to pull a Pesci, a synthetic approach incorporating the Elliptical and the Blanket Schools is the safest bet.
Select a small cadre of those you wish to thank, thank them quickly and wrap up with a catch-all. Oscar Night: "But, I would be most remiss if I were not to single out [Director], [Producer], [Writer], my agent [Agent] and the countless others who have shown tremendous dedication and without whom I should not be accepting this award today.
The problem, however, isn't that humility is simply a pious synonym for pride but that the professions of it thud so clearly hollow. It's an issue of believability, not veracity.
Everyone expects you to thank your husband or wife or kids. But what about the mentors who came before that? Class it up a bit by giving them a shoutout they never expected but undoubtedly deserved. The film has Hanks playing a gay lawyer dying of AIDS, and in his acceptance speech he thanked his high school drama teacher and one of his high school classmates in that drama class. That same old sendoff music is coming.
Pesci won for best supporting actor in his role in "Goodfellas. Field received her honor for "Places in the Heart;" Abraham for "Amadeus. Hanks won a best actor Oscar for his role in "Philadelphia. Gooding won for his work in "Jerry Maguire. Here, come closer. You, the winner, while presumably shocked and aflutter, want to rattle off as many names of people to thank as possible — because filmmaking is a team sport, and you are genuinely grateful to your colleagues and your families and your agents and that teacher who once told you to have a dream.
The academy, instead, has their TV ratings to think about and would like you to be charming and brief — and to keep the list of names to a minimum. What to do? Oh, please be funny. Do you know how long the Oscar ceremony is? Where have you been all my life? I mean, sure, you can thank your spouse. And believe me, the power and the pleasure and the emotion of this moment is a constant the speed of light. It will never be diminished, nor will my appreciation and the meaning between two simple words that I can only offer you here: Thank you.
OK, not everyone is funny, and not everyone can craft a delicate turn of phrase. But every Oscar winner has a story — and that story, simply shared, can thrill those watching at home. You are seeing my dream come true. I thought no one would ever make this movie.
But I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone let me make this movie, that people would hear it, and people would see it.
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