are upon us, and if you’re planning on sitting down to watch Hollywood’s finest bestowing the world’s most esteemed awards on their peers then it’s time to get that idea out of your head.
The Oscars aren’t about. The awards are about one thing and one thing only: deciding who has given the most ridiculous/ill-advised/funny/awkward speech and then turning their moment of triumph into fodder for social media.
Gone are the days of one-sentence acceptance speeches and producers laundry-listing the Hollywood insiders who helped their precious little project make it to the silver screen. Forget earnest displays of emotion, celebrating the people whoand watching the culmination of a lifetime worth of work.
Now you just need to go viral.
Every reaction needs to be giffable, every hastily-adopted social cause that gets name-dropped in a speech needs to be hashtaggable, and if you screw up, you’d better believe you need to do it while a camera is trained on you so you make the live feed. Just as my mother said to me in my first grade ballet recital, “If you’re going to twist your ankle, you’d better make damn sure the judges are watching, kiddo!”
If by some marvellous chance you’re the lucky jerk who has made it inside the crystal palace that is the Hollywood establishment and you find yourself preparing a “just in case” acceptance speech this year (and let’s not lie, you’re playing it down but you’re so very desperate to win), then CNET has compiled the perfect list of tips for going viral.
Oh look! Here they are compiled into one handy video!
The key takeaways? You need to fall over, get political, cry diamond-like tears, be cute but not ugly and make sure every facial movement is either perfectly still (read: easily captured in a screenshot for Insta) or a perfect 3 seconds of animated expression (make those GIFS rain!).
If you haven’t made it into the Los Angeles inner sanctum and your acceptance speech is going to be delivered into a remote control while you stare at your TV and wipe the grease of reheated mozzarella sticks onto your at-home-comfy pants, then these tips work too.
And if you’re the kind of person, like me, who loves watching others fail in public, watching the telecast at 0.5x speed to see the exact moment the cracks start appearing in their perfectly formed façade, then these tips will give you a checklist of every way the “Best Director/Actor/Actress/Sound Design in an Inaccessible Documentary” speech has missed the mark.
Ahhh Oscars Night. What a pity it only comes once a year.