There is, arguably, no bigger media message that emanates from Los Angeles than a successful major category Oscar acceptance speech. While the great majority of these are boring disappointments that quickly dissipate from the public consciousness, when an A-list podium moment clicks, it can forever brand the speech giver.
To underscore the need for brevity, the Academy gave nominees a practice DVD with a 45-second countdown timer and a video tutorial by two-time winner and Jedi master of the acceptance speech, Tom Hanks. Hanks recommends winners choose in advance who will accept for a group, and never take out a piece of paper to read from. “Reading a long list of names only shows us your bald spot,” he said in the video.
Does this mean that backstage, on Sunday, a winner being complimented on the quality of their acceptance speech might be thanking Hanks? Who knows, but it certainly sounds like the premise for one those goofy Vegas side bets.