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John Leverence's guide to giving a great Emmy acceptance speech

August 25, 2010 |  4:53 pm
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One of the highlights of the 2010 Emmys' Creative Arts ceremony was John Leverence's acceptance of the TV academy's Syd Cassyd Founder's Award. It's about time Leverence received a trophy. He is the king of Hollywood kudos. No one knows awards better, and no one cares so much about them — their integrity, efficiency and administration.

Leverence is the senior vice president in charge of awards at the TV academy, where he's overseen the Emmy voting process for the last 30 years. That's a tough job, because the Emmy employs a complicated voting method involving judges carefully reviewing samples of the nominees' work before they cast their ballots. But Leverence never shrinks from the hard work, and he always goes about it with charm, keen intelligence, a wink and a T.S. Eliot quote for every occasion.

Except one. Strangely, he didn't quote the "Wasteland" bard at all during his acceptance speech last Saturday. Shocking! (Oh, don't tell me, John, that you've ditched him recently for Emily Dickinson!) But he did steal the whole show by preparing this bravura video.

Photo: John Leverence (Academy of Television Arts & Sciences)

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