February 22, 2007
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AND THE WINNER IS...
NPR.ORG ANNOUNCES WINNING ENTRIES FOR FIRST EVER
‘WRITE YOUR OWN OSCAR SPEECH’ CONTEST

WINNERS TAKE THE PODIUM
ON NPR’S MULTI-PLATFORM NETWORK

Winners and Nominees Selected from Hundreds of Entries
Audio Available at www.NPR.org


February 22, 2007; Washington, DC – Don’t start the music yet. You still have so many people to thank. NPR’s digital media staff selected the best entries from NPR.org’s first ever ‘Write Your Own Oscar Speech’ contest. These acceptance speeches, written on behalf of and in the voice of a 2007 Academy Award nominated character, can be heard at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7409845 and on NPR member stations across the country. The winners and nominees include:

Winners
Eileen Dorn, as Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly (Los Angeles, CA)
Cleola Ratliff, as Jennifer Hudson as Effie (Chicago, IL)
Kim Stanford, as Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth (York, PA)
Andra Larson, as Dame Judi Dench as Barbara Covett (Tampa, FL)
Kati Stevens, as Mark Wahlberg as Dignam (Sarasota, FL)

Nominees
Kathleen Gerald, as Dame Judi Dench as Barbara Covett
Tashauna Boyd, as Jennifer Hudson as Effie
Helen Flores, as Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth (Madison, WI)
Tonya Jarrett, as Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth
Debora Jestice, as Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly
Jackie Jones, as Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly

Winning entries includes Eileen Dorn’s speech as Meryl Streep’s character Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada:

"I need my Oscar delivered to my penthouse suite, along with six-dozen white — and I mean pure white — roses. Leave the Oscar in the foyer. But before you bring it 'round, I will need my drycleaning picked up, my car cleaned with a toothbrush and baking soda, and my thank-yous rendered in the following order.

Actually, I choose to thank no one, since I, myself, am the only one worthy to receive this award. That will be all."

All of the selected speeches can be heard at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7409845 .