Speaking Lesson from the Oscars: Say Thank You, Don’t Scroll It
The new thank you ticker at this year Oscars was an attempt to make the awards speeches more compelling and meaningful, rather than long lists of thank yous.
This did not go over well. As Slate writer Jacob Brogan puts it, “The results of this well-intentioned innovation were almost uniformly bad.”
“The change drained some of the personality from the speeches themselves. Why not let honorees explode with joy about whatever they want, even if that means rambling ecstatically through a list of names? They just won an Oscar! It’s overzealous passion that brings the heat during the Oscars, after all.
I am moved to tears each time I watch it.