Annette Bening needs an acceptance speech intervention
If I could give an acceptance speech right now, I'd like to thank Oscar blogger Scott Feinberg (ScottFeinberg.com) for digging up Annette Bening's train wreck at the Golden Globes when she won best comedy/musical actress for "Being Julia" (2004). I've been griping about it for years and now Scott's located it on the web.
If Bening had any chance of beating Hilary Swank ("Million Dollar Baby") at the Oscars, she blew it at the Globes podium by giving a b-o-r-i-n-g speech filled with an endless, rambling list of folks she thanked ... and thanked ... and thanked. It was a classic example of what not to do with an acceptance speech. See for yourself below.
Now we must wonder: Will she do it again on Jan. 16? At the upcoming Globes, she'll probably win best comedy/musical actress for "The Kids Are All Right." Over on the drama side, Natalie Portman ("Black Swan") or Nicole Kidman ("Rabbit Hole") will probably triumph and give a much better acceptance speech. If it's exceptionally better than Bening's, it may sway Oscar voters who are tuned in to the NBC telecast. The Golden Globes are often a contender's audition for Oscar night. After Hilary Swank ("Boys Don't Cry") and Jamie Foxx ("Ray") gave knockout performances at the Globes podium in years past, they sailed on to easy Oscar wins.
-- Tom O'Neil