Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and More Give Lessons on the Perfect Acceptance Speech

2: ... But Make Sure to Thank Your Family--and Try to Cry While Doing It

Must of us can only wish for the opportunity to stand in front of the world and tell those we love the most how much they mean to us. It's why seeing tearful stars thank their families resonates so sharply, turning millions of viewers into blubbering messes. Sandra Bullock's masterful acceptance speech at last year's ceremony was equal parts humble, humorous, and heartfelt, but the part that Oscar viewers lived for, really, was seeing her choke up as she thanked her late mother and then-(oy) husband:



While nuclear levels of arrogance can radiate off Jamie Foxx at times, his honest, moving homage to his grandmother is one of the key Kleenex moments in recent awards show memory:



As is Charlize Theron's love letter to her mother. Mothers. Thank your mother, and just watch the waterworks flow:



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Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

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