An Acceptance Speech of a Different Kind


Mandy Moody, ACFE Social Media Specialist

Fraud takes center stage at the Oscars

Director, writer and producer Charles Ferguson might not have let a colorful word slip out or choked on his words while trying to hold back tears after receiving his first Academy Award®, but he did take the opportunity to raise a little bit of fraud awareness at Sunday night’s Oscars.

Instead of thanking his agent or pulling out a piece of scrap paper with notes at center stage, Ferguson began his acceptance speech with, “Forgive me, I must start by pointing out that three years after a horrific financial crisis caused by fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail — and that’s wrong.”

Ferguson won a Best Documentary Feature Oscar for “Inside Job,” a film narrated by Matt Damon that documents the 2008 economic crisis through interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists.

To read more about Ferguson’s remarks, go here.