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Being a talented actor/director is no guarantee for a perfect acceptance speech, as these examples prove 

If you ever do win an Oscar, there are three things to avoid in your acceptance speech: wit, spontaneity and emotion. Gwyneth Paltrow hasn’t received another Academy Award nomination since her tearful acceptance speech in 1999, which included thank yous to almost two-dozen people. Adrien Brody, who snogged Halle Berry on stage in 2003, has never made the shortlist again, either. Greer Garson gave the longest acceptance speech in 1943, blabbing on for seven minutes. It would be the only Oscar she ever won.

Too Short 

Alfred Hitchcock, 1968: “The Master of Suspense” didn’t have viewers on the edge of their seats with this speech, as he took the definition of “brief and concise” to a new level. 


Too much 

Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999: “I would like to thank the Academy from the bottom of my heart [continues, through tears, for another 2m 33s, thanking 23 individual friends, family members and colleagues, a film company and the rest of her family].” 

Too Good 

Matthew McConaughey, 2014: No mistakes, perfectly thought-out anecdotes and stories - somehow this speech felt too good to be true. 

Just right? 

Natalie Portman, 2011: The Black Swan actress mixed the right amount of ingredients (give or take a few thank yous) to create an acceptance speech which was relatively easy to digest. Was it perfect? We’ll let you decide. 

Bonus! The fall 

Jennifer Lawrence, 2013: Staying on your feet is never a bad idea when you’re about to give an Oscar acceptance speech in front of the crème de la crème of Hollywood. But it hasn’t really done J.Law any harm. Will she get another chance to impress this year? 

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