Thanks to the Academy ... Yawn | Cecile McKee

February 24, 2015 2:45 PM

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Thanks to the Academy ... Yawn | Cecile McKee

This year's most interesting Oscar acceptance speeches ended with references to issues like suicide, wage equality and equal rights for women, racism and whistleblowers. The awardees who took that route produced some great lines. In accepting the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, for example, The Imitation Game's Graham Moore urged emerging gay youth to "stay weird, stay different." In accepting with Ellen Goosenberg the award for Best Documentary Short, Crisis Hotline's Dana Perry declared that "we should talk about suicide out loud."

If you understand Spanish, you'll have caught a member of the screenplay team for Birdman thanking all of Argentina. Someone on that same team thanked a dog too, which raised them in my estimation. What another speech lacked in eloquence, it made up for with humanity. In accepting the award for Best...

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