The acceptance speeches at last night's Academy Awards were unmemorable at best and dreadful at worst.
Only one speaker managed to give us a moment of grace - Sandra Bullock.
Without resorting to sappy cliches and narcissistic self-righteousness, she cut right the heart of the matter. Bullock was able to sum up in one sentence the essential message of the film - and then personalize that message in a way that felt completely authentic.
By choosing to take a moment and thank her mother, Bullock made us all feel appreciated and at the same time, paid a beautiful tribute to the film.
From the Green Room: Keep it simple. Keep it personal. Keep it short.