The 10 Most Memorable Oscar Speeches

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.



Tonight the 86th annual academy awards will take place. A night that honours film and all the parts played from behind the scenes to centre stage. Over the years we have seen a vast amount of speeches; short and sweet , emotional , the one that keeps speaking over the music.. you  name it. In the run up to this exciting event I took a look back over the years to the most memorable speeches. Here is my top 10 …


10. Meryl Streep

This year Meryl Streep is facing her 18th Academy Award nomination for August; Osage county. In 2012 she won for best actress in a leading role for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in  The Iron Lady. This was her third Oscar and she manages to joke about how she is lucky enough to be up there again.

Meryl Streep Wins Best Actress: 2012 Oscars


9. Jamie Foxx

After winning his Oscar for Ray in 2005, Jamie Foxx gets the audience to join in his excitement by singing a note from his charater.


8.  Roberto Benigni

This has to be one of the funniest Oscar speeches the Academy has ever seen. Benigni stuggles to express his love for everybody, so presents us with an interesting image after winning Best Actor in a leading role in Life is Beautiful in 1999.


7. Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence was first nominated for Winters Bone in 2011. She was back at the Academy Awards for her role in Silver Linings Playbook in 2013. Anyone who caught the Oscars last year will know exactly why her speech is so memorable…

Jennifer Lawrence Wins Best Actress: 2013 Oscars


6. Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks picked up his first Oscar in 1994 for playing a gay man dying of AIDS in Philadelphia. He made an emotional speech on the part he played, he also thanked his gay drama teacher who he hadn’t actually okayed Hanks mentioning his sexuality. Turns out Rawley Farnsworth hadn’t come out publicly , the hiccup was actually recreated in Kevin Kline’s In and Out. 


5. Joe Pesci

One thing I am sure the Academy dread are those winners who want to thank every distant relative, every camera, sound and lighting person that helped out on their film. So I have no doubt that Joe Pesci winning for Goodfellas in 1991 was hugely appreciated. The award for the shortest Oscar goes to…


4. Marlon Brando

In 1973 The Academy saw Marlon Brando win Best Actor for The Godfather. However, he not only refused to accept the award but he sent Sacheen Littlefeather to decline it for him. As she explains Brando’s reasoning for refusing the award we hear members of the audience boo towards the speech.


3. Jack Palance

Jack Palance won the Best Actor in a lead role Oscar in 1992 for City Slickers. He made a comical speech to accept his award but half way through decides to step away from the podium and do some one armed push ups, here’s Jack Palance’s interesting speech…


2. Michael Moore

When Michael Moore won the Oscar for best documentary in 2003 for Bowling for Columbine he decided to take a different approach. He invited all his fellow nominees on stage and proceeded to express his displeasure with the president of the time George Bush. The audience’s reaction was some what mixed but he was swiftly encouraged off stage by the music.


1. Halle Berry.

So number 1 most memorabe Oscar Speech goes to Halle Berry. If there was a prize for the most emotional speech this would also go to her. Can you really blame her? This isn’t only memorable for all her tears , she was the first African american woman to win an Oscar for Actress in a leading role. It came 63 years after Hattie McDaniel winning for Actress in a supporting role. Berry won the Oscar for Monsters ball in 2002.





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