The celebrity guide to acceptance speeches

From Kate Winslet to George Clooney, the stars reveal the ten golden rules of giving a speech at an awards ceremony


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 tears…it’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