The celebrity guide to acceptance speeches

The celebrity guide to acceptance speeches


Acceptance speeches can go very well if you a) act like you totally weren’t expecting it and b) follow this surprise with a very neat and (actually) 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

Twice if you have time... 

The Oscars are broadcast from 1:30am on Monday 23rd February on Sky Movies Oscars. You can also see Oscars 2015: Red Carpet Live from 11:30pm on Sunday 22nd on Sky Living

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