Who Do You Thank in Your Acceptance Speech?

And the award goes to…



People pat you on the back and shake your hands while you make your way down the aisle, being careful not to step on the hem of your jewel-encrusted gown.

Applause fills the room as you gracefully ascend the stairs to collect that shining award. “It’s heavier than it looks!” you think as you take your place behind the microphone.

You look out into the sea of smiling faces. Everyone is there cheering you on!

The crowd may be shouting your name, but you know there are others who played a role in your success. And now’s your chance to thank them for making you who you are today.

Can you just imagine it?

I’ll be watching the Academy Awards tonight like many of you, and I’m always interested in who the winners thank in their speeches. It’s so fascinating who they choose to acknowledge—and who they leave out.

I remember years ago when one award winner neglected to thank her husband during her acceptance speech…and filed for divorce shortly after. I wonder if that was her way of saying he wasn’t a part of her success.

If you were up there on stage being honored (maybe not for an Oscar, but rather for just being who you are), who would you thank?

  • Your family who loves you no matter what?
  • Your friends for keeping you grounded?
  • Your nasty ex-boyfriend who made you a stronger person when you finally found the strength to leave his sorry ass?
  • That nameless stranger on the bus who made you smile when you were having the worst day of your life?

I want to know who matters to you! Share your acceptance speech in the comments.

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  1. Megan Gann on February 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I’d probably just be an emotional mess, thank “everyone” and cry off stage. Probably why I’m not a performer.

    I actually watched the oscars for the first time because I was actually home and working on a paper. It was an attempt to have something on tv I didn’t want to watch, but I found myself into it. I’ve seen a lot more movies this year and enjoyed listening to people talk about their hard work.

  2. xvavaveganx on February 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I tend to be pretty simple when it comes to things like this, in order to make sure I don’t forget people. I try to thank people the influence me as often as I can, so they know I appreciate them. That way they know even if I forget in “the moment.” I’d thank my family and friends, anyone that has ever supported me in my endeavors and everyone that has ever told me I couldn’t do it. They provide some of the most inspiration and drive.

  3. Shybiker on February 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I’d like to thank the friends of mine who have hearts large enough to accept someone who is different and reservoirs of compassion for someone who has struggled. I thank, and forgive, my parents for trying their best, even when they failed at understanding me. And lastly, I’d like to thank Sage, the producer of this event, for giving us the opportunity to express ourselves.

    • Sage on February 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

      That’s a beautiful speech, and thank you so much for thanking me too! If I were hosting an Oscar party, I’d have the best food and drinks and invite all my blogging friends. Everyone would have to dress up super fancy too. 🙂

  4. Jennifer Delle Fave on February 26, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I always wonder what that feels like! What pressure! I would probably forget someone super important and feel awful….I don’t think I would thank any exes; I don’t want them to claim any of my success! heheh I love how you make us think in your posts. Hope you’re relaxing with your love and living in the moment!

    • Sage on February 26, 2012 at 11:34 am

      I know, I’d be scared that I’d forget someone too. I can’t wait to snuggle into the couch tonight and watch the show. I’m rooting for The Artist!

  5. Cara on February 26, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Sage, the more I read your blog, the more we seem to think a like! I was just thinking yesterday, after I spend a day venting to my mother, and then a few hours venting to my mother-in-law that when my current life predicament gets sorted out, I should send the email letting everyone know about my final decision in the form of an acceptance speech because they all deserve to know how much their support means to me!
    A few months ago, I did have the opportunity to write the acknowledgements section for my thesis. In amongst the professors who advised me, and the donors who awarded me funding, I added in a quick thank you to my niece, who wasn’t even a year old at that point. Taking a break from my thesis work to play with her was not only important for developing the strong bond I have with her, but also for maintaining my sanity through a challenging project!

    • Sage on February 26, 2012 at 8:05 am

      I’m so glad your niece was able to keep you sane while writing your thesis. Sometimes we all need to take a break and remember what matters; family, love. You sound like a good auntie. 🙂

      There are so many people that affect our lives, and it would be nice to thank them all after a big decision. Sending your family a big thank you email sounds like a good idea, and I’m sure they’d appreciate it.

  6. Molly on February 26, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I would definitely thank Mike, my family and friends. Hell, even my ex’s, because they did help to make me who I am.

    Now, I’ve got to know- how on earth did you get a picture of yourself with an Oscar?

    • Sage on February 26, 2012 at 7:52 am

      I would thank all my jerky ex-boyfriends too.

      I used to work for a publisher who put out a magazine for the award/trophy industry. RS Owens, the company that makes the Oscar statues (and many other awards) invited us to tour the factory. I also got to hold an MTV Moon Man.

      It’s true what they say, the awards are much heavier than they look.