Good idea: Hire help writing acceptance speeches

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The Sun-Times' Scurrilous column reports today: "The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which gives out the Oscars, has laid on three speechwriters to help people write acceptance speeches. Can’t hurt, I guess, if it stops flustered stars from thanking their accountants, lawyers, baby-sitters, dental hygienists, mechanics, drug dealers, etc. ...

"The rationale for this service is offered by Academy president Sid Ganis: 'We just know that the audience gets much more involved with the winner if they’re speaking from the heart about what the moment means to them, as opposed to listing 15 names no one’s really heard of.'

"And nothing says 'from the heart' quite as well as a ghostwriter. The old Hollywood adage is thus proven: 'Sincerity is hardest. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.' ”

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