Monday, April 03, 2006

Acceptance Speeches

   "I'd like to thank the members of the Academy, and my agent, the director and all the cast, without whom I wouldn't be standing here tonight."
   Show biz awards are a form of payback. And the acceptance speeches during them are a payback for the payback. It's odd to looking back on them, for they are a product of the moment, and also not a thing-in-themselves- merely a social/business obligation. The best ones touch on things greater than the person, or the film. Not everyone has the ability to eloquently express themselves (although when the show takes place in in Hollywood one would think they'd have access to plenty of writers.) Still, mom and/or dad often make the list, occasionally a teacher or mentor will too. And if we didn't have these ceremonies, there would be kind of a void in the arts, one that mere sales or popularity cannot fill.

   For an acceptance speech actually worth reading, try this.

By Professor Batty


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