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

8. If All Else Fails, Keep It Short and Sweet

One of the best parts of old Hollywood was its efficiency. Just look and this brief, yet highly appropriate acceptance speeches from the likes of Grace Kelly:



And Audrey Hepburn:



Jane Fonda spoke volumes with her brevity, given common knowledge of her politics:



And the as-short-in-words-as-she-is-in-stature Ruth Gordon:



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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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