As we learned last week, there are certain acceptance speech trends. Most people thank their family but not before they've thanked Harvey Weinstein and their lawyers. And though showing emotion is a relatively new phenomenon, movie people have certainly perfected the art. So how did this year's buzzed-about speeches stack up when it comes to sincerity? Here are last night's speeches ranked from pure, untethered emotion to Anne Hathaway's rehearsed opening line. It doesn't get more staged than that.
Ben Affleck's Manic Speech
Considering he appeared to be on speed, Ben Affleck delivered a touching acceptance speech that was wise yet unrehearsed. I actually teared when he began to talk about his wife, saying: "I want to thank my wife who I don't usually associate with Iran. I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It's good. It is work but it's the best kind of work and there's no one I'd rather work." Oh man, please make one of your scruffy yet lovable Boston characters say that in your next movie, Ben.
Then I totally lost it when his voice broke as he dedicated his Oscar to his kids. Ben knows how to liven up an awards show. Too bad it had to happen at the very end.
Jennifer Lawrence's Post-Stumble Recovery
Even if she had prepared something, we're pretty sure JLaw lost it on the stairs when she fell. But her fall followed by her endearing recovery was the highlight of the evening. You know someone's sincerely overwhelmed when all they can do is repeat the words "Thank you." She also spared us all the long list of people we've never heard of.
Adele's Earnest, Teary Speech
If you're gonna do teary-eyed, at least keep the speech short, like Adele. She seemed genuinely overwhelmed and her final sign-off to the crowd "you're all amazing as well" was cute.
Quentin Tarantino's Self-Congratulations
We hope Quentin was just being his usual unfiltered self, because who in their right mind would start an acceptance speech by bragging about Charlize Theron being your neighbor and then shifting into a discussion of how great your own work is. He basically thanked his own characters. At least he offered us something different.
Anne Hathaway's Breathy Performance
I'm not one of those people who irrationally hates Anne Hathaway, but she's definitely making it hard this awards season what with all her faux-surprise that she keeps winning. Her speech got less annoying towards the end but her staged whispered "It came truuuuuuue" at the beginning had me cringing. Stop with the little girl voice, Anne.