GET TO THE POINT!Being a talented actor/director is no guarantee for a perfect acceptance speech, as these examples prove.
Remember this, nominees: No one in the entire auditorium or watching at home believes that you actually didn’t prepare a speech— you’re an actor, you’ve been practicing for this moment since you were a kid—so you better get up on stage and act polished and professional. Adrien Brody, who kissed Halle Berry on stage in 2003, has never made the shortlist again ever since. Greer Garson gave the longest acceptance speech in 1943, blabbing on for seven minutes. It would be the only Oscar she ever won.
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.
Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999: “I would like to thank the Academy from the bottom of my heart [continues, through tears, for another 2 mins. and 33 secs., thanking 23 individual friends, family members and colleagues, a film company and the rest of her family].”
Matthew McConaughey, 2014: No mistakes, perfectly thought-out anecdotes and stories - somehow this speech felt too good to be true.
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 didn’t do J.Law any harm, as she was nominated once again in 2014, and is already being tipped for success in 2016.