Meryl Streep’s Academy Award acceptance speech at the Oscars: Class.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 27, 2012
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A Brief Study in Speech-Making.

First, she calls a spade a spade: she’s won before, she wins everything, people probably wanted one of the newbies to win. Dispensing with everyone’s doubts by acknowledging them.

Then, she laughs it off. Oh well. Charm. She’s got us back.

Then, her husband, and some tears and heart. Human, raw. She’s got us riveted.

Then, she stops time: this is the last time I’ll be here, and here’s to community, to those alive and those who’ve already passed on…it was a eulogy, only for her own life while still alive. Nothing more “dharmic.”

A bad copy, but that’s all there is:

PS: her gown was eco-responsible.

…Meryl Streep joins the Green Carpet Challenge wearing Lanvin’s first ever custom made eco gown. The gown is gold, full-length and made from Eco Certified Fabric sourced with help from the GCC…


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


5 Responses to “Meryl Streep’s Academy Award acceptance speech at the Oscars: Class.”

  1. Angela says:

    Beautiful! The speech and the lady.
    Waylon, does someone have an eensy squeensy crush on Meryl? 🙂

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Ohhhh, yes.

  3. Shannon says:

    thanks for posting this. . .she's phenomenal.

  4. Stewart J. Lawrence says:

    Waylon knows a dying breed when he sees one. It's funny – but for all our talk about yogini "celebrities," there's isn't a single one – not one – who can hold a candle — character-wise — to a "real" celebrity like Steep. Even if they were standing on a fire-ladder. Thanks Way.

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