HOLLYWOOD—Millions will be tuning in to watch the 85th Academy Awards, including the red carpet. Last year the show-stopper was Angelina Jolie, who changed red-carpet style forever with the leg seen round the world. Besides the red carpet we will be listening carefully to the acceptance speeches once again.
So many of the nominees have spent weeks working out, preparing over the perfect outfit, hairstyle and shoes, yet they neglect to prepare for the most important moment -accepting the Oscar. I'm not going to look into my crystal ball and predict the winners; however, I will provide once again a speech guide for the stars. Oscar winners could learn a lot from past hits and misses.
Jennifer Lawrence accepts her first Oscar
The biggest night in
Hollywood should be prepared and nominees should give some thought to the most important seconds of their lives. I simply don't understand why these huge superstars decide to wing it. If only the stars knew how awkward they look when they don't have a strategy when it comes to talking to their fans and giving a memorable acceptance speech.
Back in 1972: Charlie Chaplin, gone from
America for two decades, returns to receive an honorary award. He receives a 12-minute standing ovation- a record to the day. In 1973, Marlon Brando won for Best Actor for "The Godfather," and rejected via his 'spokesperson," Sacheen Littlefeather, an apache and president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee, who says the actor is declining because of the film industry's treatment of Native Americans. Thirteen years earlier, Marlon Brando accepted a Best Actor statue for "On the Waterfront." In 1976, Louise Fletcher signs, "Thank you for teaching me to have a dream-you are seeing my dream come true" to her deaf parents after winning Best Actress for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
Be relatable and humble. Believe it or not think Lindsay Lohan when she took the stage in the movie "Mean Girls" to accept her crown, and delivered a truly sincere, touching speech. In 2003, Adrien Brody, the youngest Best Actor winner ever, he was 29, lays a lingering kiss on presenter
Berry. Jamie Foxx's speech brought tears to many as he recalled his grandmother. The speech came from the heart, which made it brilliant and touching. Hilary Swank's speech back in 2005 was humble and brought hope to all who dream. It was a classic speech that appealed to all classes of life. Sandra Bullock's speech for Best Actress was humbling and heartfelt.
The winners shouldn't appear annoying or arrogant. Just study Julia Roberts when she accepted her Best Actress Oscar, when she addressed the shows conductor as "Stick Man" and told him to put his stick down. Back in 1943, the longest acceptance speech ever comes from Greer Garson, who accepted her award for "Mrs. Miniver" with a talk that lasted six- possibly seven-minutes.
Who could forget in 1985: Win Actress Sally Field won for "Places in the Heart." "You really, really like me," It had the audience in stitches. It was funny, sweet and touching.
A superstar doesn't want to blank out and stare at the audience, or look for the little piece of paper of "Thank-yous" or do a Drew Barrymore speech a few years ago when she rambled on at the SAG awards. The worst case scenario, if all else fails, and you totally blank out and forget your speech, turn on the waterworks. Back in 1999, Gwyneth Paltrow turned on the waterworks when she accepted her gold statue for Best Actress for "Shakespeare in Love." Besides looking pretty in pink in a Ralph Lauren gown, her acceptance speech had real human emotion and everyone thought she was sweet.
Rose's Scoop: Let's hope that the nominees bring back the old
Hollywood glamour in their gowns. Hopefully, the ladies did sets of arm exercises with hand weights. Nobody wants to see bingo wings flapping when you lift the Oscar. Good luck to everyone!