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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 4, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Classic Oscar tips from Paul Hogan

Earlier this week, many of the Oscar nominees gathered for the traditional Academy luncheon, a gala affair at which Academy president Sid Ganis sounded the usual warning about short acceptance speeches and hinted at some surprises at this year’s ceremony. Kate Winslet, I imagine, is busily crafting something a bit less weepy than her Golden Globes speech, and surely arrangements are being made for someone (perhaps “Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan?) to accept Heath Ledger’s likely Oscar for supporting actor. Other nominees are in a quandary: Is it best to be prepared, or is it more charming to seem surprised and flustered by an unexpected win? What’s the best sort of it-was-an-honor-just-to-be-nominated smile to display as someone else’s name is being read?
I think they should all be required to watch Paul “Crocodile Dundee” Hogan’s classic speech from 1987, in which he addressed the crowd with tips on how to behave as a nominee, and warned them “Don’t be too humble tonight, becuase we have up here a second envelope.” Watch and laugh:

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