The celebrity guide to acceptance speeches

From Kate Winslet to George Clooney, the stars guide us through ten rules of giving a speech at an award ceremony

The celebrity guide to acceptance speeches
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Acceptance speeches can go very well if you 1. Act like you totally weren’t expecting it and 2. Follow this surprise with a very neat and well thought out speech.

Tears are good, too. Everyone loves tears. 

Here are a few more rules, as told by the celebrities, for getting it just right. 

Rule 1: Don't let your wife write your acceptance speech like Steve Carell at the 2006 Golden Globes...

Rule 2: Make like Cuba Gooding Jr at the 1997 Oscars and refuse to let the get-off-the-stage music put you off finishing your speech

Rule 3: If you're stuck for words, heck, just start yelling lines from your own film like director James Cameron

Rule 4: In fact, why say anything at all when you can do one-armed press-ups like Jack Palance at the 1992 Academy Awards?

Rule 5: Just briefly mention that you actually steal acting tips from someone you just beat à la Tina Fey at the Emmys

Rule 6: Remember, you might not have the undivided attention of the crowd. Check out Cloris Leachman’s moves behind My Name Is Early writer Greg Garcia at the 2006 Emmys… 

Rule 7: Always try to sound grateful...

Rule 8: Here come those's not awkward. Not awkward at all.

Rule 9: Take a leaf out of Jim Carey's book and try to thank the right people...

Rule 10: And of course, always, always mention Meryl

Yes, always...

Twice if you have time...