Monday, March 5, 2018

Body Language Analysis No. 4224: Greta Gerwig's reaction to Guillermo del Toro's Best Picture Oscar Speech - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Note: The original video has, since the original post, been removed from its online source. The image below however, was captured from that video.

Greta Gerwig is only the fifth woman in history to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Director. Many thought her film, Lady Bird, was also a sure bet to win Best Picture. Yet Guillermo del Toro and The Shape of Water won both awards.

From a nonverbal point of view, Greta Gerwig's reaction to Mr. del Toro during his speech is an excellent body language teaching moment.

During 1:53, just as Greta says (reading her lips), "I love him" - just before and during the first portion of the word, "love" - her central forehead momentarily contracts and elevates. It's crucial to emphasize that this forehead elevation involves just the central portion and not the entire width of her forehead. 

Her inner (medial) eyebrows also elevate.

Simultaneously, Ms. Gerwig's right palm is in full contact with her sternum as her fingers extend over the left side of her upper chest. This hand placement is, of course, over the heart. The fact that Greta is right-hand dominant is also an important detail.

Her hand positioning of:

• her Dominant Hand
• with Full Palmar Contact with her Chest
• Held over Heart

in addition to her:

Central Forehead/Medial Eyebrow Contraction and Elevation
• Just before and as she begins to say the word, "Love"

is a nonverbal-verbal cluster indicating a very high degree of both empathy and sincerity.

Summary: Greta Gerwig's nonverbal display during Guillermo del Toro's acceptance speech is classic - and reliable body language behavior demonstrating both her high sincerity and elevated empathy quotients.

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