You know why kids love movie stars? It is NOT because of their mansions, superstar girlfriends/boyfriends, or their million dollar paychecks. It is because these people have dreamed a dream, and they are out there on a quest to make it real. The Oscar night is their becoming.
The world loves to watch the Oscars. Seeing so many artists (on top of their craft) assemble and grace the evening, dressed at their very best. You can't help but cheer for your favorite movie stars and films. These 18 Oscar acceptance speeches will make you laugh, leave you teary-eyed and motivate you to dream on.
18. Graham Moore
Best Adapted Screenplay, 2015
Grabbing a first time nomination and win for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game, Graham addressed the crowd with a simple message - Stay weird. Stay different. For all those coping badly with teenage, there is hope.
17. Woody Allen
9/11 tribute to New York City, 2002
Woody Allen has won a few Oscars and he's had a prolific career. However, his most interesting speech came when the Academy approached him to help seek makers to film in New York more often. Allen, whose most films are set in New York, talked in his usual bumbling way about why New York is THE place to shoot, the character of the city.
16. Joe Pesci
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male), 1991
Winning for Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male) for Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas - Pesci came up with the shortest acceptance speech ever when all he said on stage was "Thank you, it is a privilege!" and walked off.
15. Jared Leto
Best Actor In a Supporting Role (Male), 2014
Rocker, actor and social activist returned to acting after a long sabbatical to play the role of an HIV+ eunuch called Rian in Dallas Buyer's Club. He followed that up with his first nomination and win in the category of Best Actor In Supporting Role (Male) - however, the most touching moment in his speech was when he dedicated the award to his mother, to those affected in Ukraine and Venezuela and those millions who had lost their life to HIV and/or the stigma attached to it.
14. Kevin Spacey
Best Actor In a Supporting Role (Male), 1996
Spacey captured the imagination of the entire film industry with his rendition to one of the most iconic villains on film - Keyser Soze (Oops spoiler!). This win for Best Actor In Supporting Role (Male) for The Usual Suspects was marked by his tremendous humility and his cry-out for director Bryan Singer, who Spacey revealed was the real one who pulled all the strings in the movie, and brought it all together.
13. James Cameron
Best Director, 1998
Nominated for magnum opus - Titanic , James Cameron picked up the film's 10th Oscar that night as Best Director , winning 11 in total including Best Picture . He summed up his reaction in his character Jack Dawson's words - "I'm the king of the world!!"
12. Halle Berry
Best Actor In A Lead Role (Female), 2002
She could hardly stop shivering, crying while accepting her award for Best Actor In a Lead Role (Female) for the film Monster's Ball . She acknowledged her gratitude by saying, "This moment is so much bigger than me. This award is for all those nameless, faceless women of colour, who now stand a chance because this door has been opened."
11. Marlon Brando
Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male), 1973
Marlon Brando winning for Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male) for his rendition as the head of the Corleone family in the first film of Godfather - the actor refused to accept the award as a mark of protest to how the American Indians were being treated in the film industry at the moment. He sent his representative of the American-Indian community making it one of the most controversial speeches ever.
10. Christian Bale
Best Actor In Supporting Role (Male), 2011
This celebrated British actor won his first nomination and Oscar for Best Actor In Supporting Role (Male) in David O'Russell's The Fighter. Known for his extreme to devotion to his parts, the weight-loss of 25 kgs to play crack-addict Dick Eklund finally paid off.
9. Adrien Brody
Best Actor In Leading Role (Male), 2002
Adrien Brody shocked the world when he planted a kiss on the lips of Halle Berry, who was presenting him the award of Best Actor In a Leading Role (Male) for his work in Roman Polanski's The Pianist. He made a quip about it, "I bet they didn't tell you that was in the gift bag." He also had the room in splits with "You know that time in life when everything makes sense, this is not one of those moments."
8. Robin Williams
Best Actor In Supporting Role (Male), 1998
This man! The bundle of energy he was, and the childish excitement with which he spat out names to the people he owed this award for Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male) in Gus Van Sant's Goodwill Hunting. He joked about his young screenwriters Matt Damon and Ben Affleck saying "I'm going to need to see some ID" and thanked his partner 'who lights his soul on fire each morning'. This speech was every bit funny, emotional, inspiring the man we knew Robin Williams to be.
7. Russell Crowe
Best Actor In a Leading Role (Male), 2001
Nominated alongside heavyweights like Javier Bardem, Tom Hanks, Geoffrey Rush and Ed Harris - Crowe won his second nomination and first Oscar for Ridley Scott's Gladiator . The beauty of his acceptance speech his how accessible he made the Oscar seem for those in the suburbs of Sydney, Auckland where a dream like this would seem ludicrous. He said how this moment was directly connected to that dream. And thus came the most beautiful message for those on the downside of advantage - "It's possible."
6. Matt Damon & Ben Affleck
Best Original Screenplay, 1998
These 2 youngsters from Boston trying to become actors in the big bad world of Hollywood - wrote this beautiful, tender film Goodwill Hunting which won them their first nomination and the first Oscar. Just look out for that childish enthusiasm with which they announce that there's no way they're doing it in less than half a minute.
5. Kate Winslet
Best Actor In a Leading Role (Female), 2008
Kate Winslet lapped up the award for the Best Actress In A Motion Picture for her portrayal in Stephen Daldry's The Reader and began her speech with "I would be lying if I said I hadn't practiced this before. I think I was probably 8, and this thing in my hand would've been a shampoo bottle." This is her only Oscar till date.
4. Charlie Chaplin
Honorary Oscar, 1972
Winning an honorary Oscar in 1972 for his extraordinary contribution to cinema, Charles Chaplin got a 12-minute standing ovation. He is one of the great exponents of cinema, and to see his humility on stage was heart-melting.
3. Matthew McConaughey
Best Actor In a Leading Role (Male), 2014
After a career full of could-have-been-better films, McConaissance came back with Dallas Buyer's Club for which he had to lose 27 kgs to play skinny Texan electrician Ron Woodroof who prolonged the lives of many HIV patients through medicines that were not permitted by the government back then. He gives an inspiring speech about what he looks up to, looks forward to and who he chases in life.
2. Tom Hanks
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male), 1994
Winning his first Oscar for his portrayal of Andrew Beckett, a lawyer who gets fired for being HIV positive in Philadelphia - Tom Hanks thanked his high school drama teacher and a friend from college for inspiring him to no heights - both of whom were gay men. He choked up as he thanked his partner and dedicated the award to his co-star Denzel Washington and to the million who were outcast because of the stigma associated with HIV.
1. Roberto Bengini
Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male), 1999
Italian actor and director Roberto Bengini couldn't control his happiness when he won Best Actor in a Motion Picture for Life is Beautiful. He admits he's in love with Sophia Loren on stage and asks continuously 'There must be a mistake!' The most beautiful part of his speech is when he thanks his parents for giving him the best gift of all - Poverty.