“Thank you“ speeches at awards ceremonies can be shallow, egotistical and dull. They can also be genuinely moving. When Louise Fletcher won an Oscar for her leading role in “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” she moved her audience deeply not only by what she said but how she said it.
Louise Fletcher’s parents were both deaf. Her father, a Priest, founded more than 40 churches for the deaf in his native Alabama. It’s not unusual for Oscar winners to thank their parents, but this one thanked them in sign language.