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Film buff or not, there is something about the Oscars which draws even the most cynical critic into the annual glamour-fest. From the moment the nominations are announced whole sectors of the press devote themselves to dissecting every pronouncement in an attempt to pre-guess the results whilst column acres are devoted to speculation about glamour and gowns.
This year was no exception with notable British winners as Daniel Day-Lewis became the first man to win three best actor Oscars and there were cheers as Adele picked up the Oscar for best original song. But once the winners and the gowns were out of the way as usual it was the acceptance speeches which drew their fair share of attention. As various winners thanked studios, family and partners, Ben Affleck drew applause for his speech which included the following:
“It’s because of so many of you who are here tonight. Because of so many who extended themselves to me when they had nothing to benefit from it. I couldn’t get them a job. I want to thank them for what they taught me, that you have to work harder than anyone else. You can’t hold grudges. It’s hard. But you can’t hold grudges. It doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life. That’s going to happen. All that matters is you’ve got to get up.”
Love them or hate them, the speeches at the Oscars do act as an annual reminder that no success is the result of one person’s work alone and that saying thank you is always appreciated. You don’t need to be an Oscar winner to thank employees for a job well done but saying thanks can make a huge difference to the way in which employees engage with the business and its vision.