Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Oscar Winners Get Graded On Public Speaking

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – While most Oscar winners surely get an “A ”for acting or directing, some don’t make the grade when it comes to public speaking.

Media Training Worldwide president TJ Walker says Best Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s speech “wasn’t awful,” but he’d still give him a C- grade because he had “way too many nervous ‘um’s’” and “for some inexplicable reason he held a piece of paper over his eyes and created a ‘Carnac the Magnificent’ – from Johnny Carson days – effect.”

Robert Altman fared slightly better with a C grade, but Walker says, “He started by referencing that he didn’t have much time to make his speech, which is always a boring, time-wasting thing to do.”

George Clooney was given a B and praised for NOT making “a tasteless joke about former uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff” like he did at the Golden Globes.

If anyone should be proud, it’s Best Actress Reese Witherspoon, who got an A+ from Walker. He notes, “Witherspoon had obviously given some real thought to her speech.”

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