I would like to thank…

The Women in Business Awards (WiBA) will soon be with us and as the finalists are notified there is definitely an increasing excitement in the air – it’s not long now!  Award ceremonies are known for many things. Obviously the main part is celebrating all that is good and exemplar in a particular field or circle, but there are other dimensions too.  At the Oscars it’s all about ‘the dress’ or fashion faux pas, the BRITS is all about the booze and the presenters (Can anyone forget the 1989 Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood BRIT spectacle?)… And of course there’s the winners acceptance speech.  There are speeches that go on and on, speeches that thank the universe and of course speeches delivered in between sobs of emotion.

Adele’s emotional acceptance of her Grammy Award. What’s your style?

So I thought I’d do a bit of research to help the Forward Ladies finalists on their way! Take a break from your busy schedule and be entertained, inspired or horrified by the good, bad and ugly of acceptance speeches:

Funny -  Robin Williams, Best Supporting Actor for “Good Will Hunting”: “Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, ‘Wonderful, just have a back-up profession like welding.’ “(1998)

Candid – Robert De Niro, accepting best actor for “Raging Bull,” thanks Jake LaMotta, “even though he’s suing us.” (1981)

Succinct – Jane Fonda, Best Actress for “Klute”: “There’s a great deal to say, but I’m not going to say it tonight.” (1972)

Heartfelt – Sally Field, Best Actress for “Places in the Heart,” after having won in 1980 for “Norma Rae”: “I haven’t had an orthodox career, and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!” (1985)

Shallow - Cher, Best Actress for “Moonstruck”: “I’d like to thank everyone I worked with on the movie. They were really fabulous. It was really a great experience for me. My makeup man, who had a lot to work with. My hairdresser. My assistant . . .” Somehow she failed to thank her co-stars and her director. (1988)

Best of Luck to all Forward Ladies finalists – and winners enjoy your moments of fame, you’ll be just great!  The WiB Awards are held on Friday 16th November 2012 –(Yorkshire & Humber) and  Monday 26th November 2012 (North West & isle of Man). For more information about the awards visit http://wiba2012.com

Credit: Quotes taken from http://www.littlereview.com/goddesslouise/articles/oscrpost.htm

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