“I’d Like To Thank the Academy…” — 30 Comments

  1. I hadn’t seen Emma Thompson’s speech before. I loved it!! Thank you for sharing it and also for your insight into the ups and downs of being a writer! The lesson you are teaching your son about the double face of creativity is very valuable. He’s lucky to have you.

    • Monica,
      Isn’t Emma T. awesome??!! I’m so glad you enjoyed her speech as much as I did! And thank you for the kind words you said about my son and me… I hope I’m being of help as he navigates the journey to adulthood but, really, he’s often the one teaching me new things. He inspires me every day πŸ˜‰ .

  2. Another one who hasn’t seen her speech for winning the Golden Globe but heard it was fantastic. Thanks for sharing the clip here, Marilyn. Now that I’ve watched it, it was definitely funny and amusing. But her acceptance speech for the Oscars is more poignant where she tells of her visit to Jane Austen’s grave but still manage to make a joke of it.

    My favourite awards show is the Oscar where I used to watch it live. Now that I’m working and I’m staying 13 hours ahead of US’s east coast, I’ll just watch it later. I’m thinking of doing it right now.

    • Luthien,
      I really liked her Oscar acceptance speech as well, and I know just what you mean about the tone. This is one of the reasons I admire her so much. She’s such a creative person and always seems to shape her performance to fit the venue πŸ™‚ . I’m hoping you’ll enjoy this year’s show, by the way!! I thought it was a good one overall.

      • I got to watched it last night just after I left my comment. It has many enjoyable and unforgettable moments particularly the tweets, pizza and some of the acceptance speeches by the winners. What I was looking forward to was the musical monologue as shown in previous years but overall it is still good.

        • Luthien,
          I was wondering about that segment, too! Maybe they’ll bring it back next year…
          And, yes, LOL about that pizza! And the photo tweet… I actually retweeted it just to help out the cause!! It was record breaking πŸ™‚ .

    • Susan,
      I didn’t know it was on the DVD! I have a copy of it in the house (of course… πŸ˜‰ ), but I don’t think I’ve ever watched the special features. I’ll have to pull it out to see that!!

  3. That’s a wonderful insight into the writer’s world. I actually tend to have the same insecurities and procrastinations when writing report cards for my students or having to meet with parents to talk about their child. And for some of these I nearly panic as well. I feel for you but envy the ability to write a truly wonderfulo story. Also, Emma Thompson’s speech was wonderful!

    • Deborah, thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, and I truly appreciate your kind comments, too!
      As for the writing of report cards and those parent/teacher conferences, I hear you and agree they can be anxiety-creating as well. (I used to teach elementary school… πŸ™‚ ) I think that anytime we put ourselves “out there” and try to express something clearly and uniquely, there’s a persistent fear that we might not succeed. The report cards may be shorter in length than a story, but they are still pieces of writing, which we want to be well-crafted and, above all, meaningful. So, a sense of pressure when writing them is definitely present!

  4. The Oscars are my Super Bowl,so I was glued to the tube on Sunday night! Emma Thompson’s GG speech is one of my favorites and why she doesn’t write more screenplays is beyond me(her acting is superb but her wit is truly award winning,imo).

    • Tara,
      Oh, yes!! You expressed it so well! The Oscars are my Super Bowl, too πŸ˜€ .
      And I agree with you about Emma T’s tremendous writing ability. She is just crazy-clever with such a comedic gift of perfect timing. I’d love for her to write more, too!!

  5. Thanks, Marilyn, I loved this! Haven’t seen it before either, and it was superb! I adore Emma Thompson, off the top of my head I can’t think of anything I liked her more than in ‘Love, Actually’. I think she’s one of those fabulously versatile and clever actors there aren’t enough of! As fro Robert de Niro, he was spot on πŸ™‚

    • Joana,
      Glad I got to share the clip with you!! I think it’s such a gem!
      As for Emma in various roles, I really liked her in “Love, Actually” as well, and she did a superb job as Beatrice in “Much Ado About Nothing.” But my all-time favorite so far is as the novelist in “Stranger Than Fiction.” I just love her part in that film! And I’m looking forward to seeing her in “Saving Mr. Banks,” which I’ve heard is quite good, too πŸ™‚ .

  6. I usually don’t watch the Oscars b/c I don’t get out to see the films, but this year, I was interested because of the girl who won the award for best supporting actress. She is drop dead gorgeous! And her gowns!!

    I thought DeNiro’s quote was a hoot. Maybe I’m not neurotic b/c I started writing so late in life, and it gives me perspective. I’m not a tortured soul, and that’s probably why I love JA.

    My favorite line in Emma’s speech was about the Dashwood sisters “just getting a job.” Loved it.

    • Mary,
      I’m glad you’re one of the saner writers among us!! And I agree with you on that De Niro line — he probably didn’t write it himself, but he delivered it perfectly!! πŸ™‚

  7. I also and not seen that speech, so thank you for sharing it (I’m going to look up her Oscar speech, too). She is so wonderful! We just read S&S in my JA book club, and I am sure the mother members will enjoy seeing this too. Thanks for the insights into writing. I can’t imagine being a writer and I admire what you all do so much. I am a voracious reader, so I am very thankful there are people out there called to write!

    Saving Mr. Banks is a wonderful movie so go see it! Emma is wonderful in it.

    • TLeighF,
      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and I’m thrilled you liked Emma’s speech as well!
      How fabulous that you’re part of a JA book club!! I would LOVE to be in a club like that… Sadly, there aren’t too many Austen fans that live local to me (when I go to regional JASNA meetings, I have to drive 1.5 – 2.5 hours each way…so I don’t get to go often), but I can only imagine what fun you all must have together. Please tell your book club members hello from me and that I think it’s SO COOL that you’re all a part of it!! πŸ˜€

      • That is too bad you are so far away from kindred spirits. I actually started the club last year because no one was doing anything in my town to recognize the 200th anniversary of P & P. So I asked the local library if I could create a club and they said yes! They helped advertise so it brought in people I never knew before. It’s been fun making new friends through it. We are actually reading one of fellow Austen Variations author Shannon Winslow’s books right now. :).

        • TLeighF,
          Shannon is a fabulous writer, so I think your club chose well! πŸ™‚
          As for your idea to create the club through the library, I think that’s inspired!! I used to work at our local library and still know a number of the program librarians there… I may just have to suggest something like that to them! Thank you so much for telling me about this πŸ˜€ .

  8. oh I love, love love watching award shows!! My top 3 must watch are the emmys, golden globes, and the oscars. When I was in high school and then college, I tried to watch all nominated films for best picture but alas, I no longer do so. My favorite part of the award shows is watching the hosts/emcee ‘s opening monologue and what jokes they have to move the show along in between.

    • Grace,
      We are awards show sisters!!
      I never miss the Golden Globes and the Oscars, and I try to catch the Emmys and, on occasion, the Tonys, too. I used to really look forward to the Grammys and the American Music Awards when I was in high school and college…but, although there are lots of current songs I like, there are many groups I don’t know now, so I find myself asking my son a lot of questions, LOL. He usually rolls his eyes when I say things like, “Wait — is there REALLY a group called Swedish House Mafia?!” Then he drags me into his room, forces me to listen to stuff and laughs at me for not recognizing it… So, watching the music shows tends to lead me into dangerous territory πŸ˜€ .

  9. I haven’t been watching as many award shows such as the Oscars or Golden Globes especially when I haven’t seen too many of the movies in a given year. I seem to be watching the Grammys more because I’m more exposed to music than movies. I am also a fan of Emma Thompson – I don’t think I’ve seen anything she’s been in that I didn’t like. Sense and Sensibility was so well done and she really did such a great job bringing it to a modern audience and making everyone see how timeless the story was.

    • Kathy,
      I very much agree with you on what Emma T. did with Sense and Sensibility in making it so accessible to a modern audience. She brought out the comic notes and played Elinor so well that she felt real to me. The whole production was so well done… As for seeing the nominated movies, I’ll admit that I hadn’t seen many of them this year either — although there are a few that I’m hoping to watch soon. I was impressed with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook, so I’m curious about their performance together in “American Hustle.” And one of my best friends thinks we need to see “Her” with our group of women pals & then discuss it from a sociological standpoint (my friend’s a social psychologist πŸ˜‰ ). I’ll probably get talked into that, too!

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