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EW rates the Golden Globe speeches

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At this point in the Oscar race, the performance that matters most is the acceptance speech. EW breaks down which thesps helped (and hobbled) their chances at the Globes.

JAMIE FOXX

With a near-perfect blend of music (a Ray Charles-style sing-along), comedy (recalling being ”two drinks away” from blowing his awards hopes in Miami), and drama (fighting tears when honoring his late grandmother), who isn’t looking forward to an Oscar night encore? A+

ANNETTE BENING

We loved the kisses with Warren and the ”pizza joint” in-joke. But her speech came off like cold TelePrompTer reading. More champagne for you! B-

LEONARDO DICAPRIO

Looking very old-school Hollywood with his slick-haired self, Leo was classy and reverent. And his plea for tsunami relief put the night in perspective. B+

HILARY SWANK

Not a first-round TKO, but she scored with eloquently earnest plugs for her costars. She also gave props to hubby Chad Lowe this time. Whew! B+

CLIVE OWEN

Our favorite Bond candidate was neither shaken nor stirred — more like composed and ”absolutely thrilled.” B+

NATALIE PORTMAN

Granted, her win shocked us too, but Portman’s giggly little girl shtick also gave us agita. And while we don’t doubt Mike Nichols is a great ”daddy, friend, rock star,” it still sounded so…wrong. C

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