GIBBONS: Some people, when they face an audience, suddenly become that five-year-old child who must stand before the class, terrified of being judged by the teacher. That's how Alan Arkin looked.
I think he was genuinely surprised and afraid that he was going to have too much of an emotional moment to handle. No, he shouldn't have pulled out that sheet of paper.
If you need prompts, think of three things in your head that will generate your next thought, but learn those three words. Don't reach into your pocket for that note -- because it's only going to cause you to trip up.
HAMMOND: For a guy who started out as an improvisational actor in Second City, his awkward reading of his handwritten thank-you was a disappointment.
Perhaps if he was actually reading something worth saying like Whitaker did, we could excuse it, but this was unfortunately a classic example of a lousy Oscar acceptance speech and can be compared to the dreary acceptance a few years ago by Jennifer Connelly.
These are actors. They should be able to get an Oscar and face the audience, not a scribbled note in their hand.
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