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10 Memorable Oscar Acceptance Speeches

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be televised this Sunday, February 27, 2011. Millions of viewers in over 200 countries will tune in to watch glamorous celebrities mix and mingle at Hollywood’s biggest event of the year. Over the course of Oscars history there have been countless memorable moments, but for the purpose of this list we’ll focus solely on acceptance speeches. From political statements to one-armed push-ups, these famous folks seized their precious moments of live airtime and left a permanent impression on the viewing public and the entertainment industry at large.

10

Marlon Brando
1973 Best Actor, The Godfather

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Legendary method actor Marlon Brando was no stranger to controversy, but it still came as quite a shock at the 45th annual Academy Awards show when he boycotted the ceremony and sent American Indian Rights activist, Sacheen Littlefeather, in his stead. When Brando’s name was called as winner of the coveted Best Actor award, Littlefeather took to the stage dressed in traditional Apache clothing, refused the proffered Oscar trophy with a polite wave of her hand, and read a brief statement explaining that Brando would not accept the award in order to protest the manner in which Native Americans were portrayed in the entertainment industry.

9

Adrien Brody
2003 Best Actor, The Pianist

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Accepting the award at age 29, Adrien Brody is the youngest recipient of the Best Actor Academy Award to date, so maybe it’s only fitting that his acceptance speech was filled with youthful exuberance. As Brody bounded onto the podium he took presenter Halle Berry in his arms, tilted her back and planted a passionate Hollywood kiss on her lips. Both Berry and the audience were left breathless (but smiling) by Brody’s spontaneous act of enthusiasm.


8

Sally Field
1984 Best Actress, Places in the Heart

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Fewer acceptance speeches are better known than this one. When Sally Field won this, her second Academy Award, she spent much of her allotted time at the mic gushing about finally feeling respected as an actor and how much better it felt to win this award than it had felt to win her first (for 1979’s Norma Ray). Field finished her heart-felt, but rather awkward, acceptance speech with the oft-misquoted line, “I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!” Though the line was relentlessly parodied (even by Field herself), few people realized that she was actually quoting the line, “You like me,” from Norma Ray.

7

Michael Moore
2003 Best Documentary Feature, Bowling For Columbine

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Filmmaker Michael Moore is well known to be outspoken about his left-wing political views, yet he still shocked the Academy when he chose to chastise then-President, George W. Bush, during his acceptance speech for the 2003 documentary Bowling For Columbine. Instead of the standard thank-yous and acknowledgments, Moore brought his fellow nominees on stage with him and voiced their collective opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, that had begun just days before, saying, “…we are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you. And, whenever you’ve got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up.”

Moore’s speech was met by equal parts cheering and booing from the crowd.

6

Cuba Gooding Jr.
1997 Best Supporting Actor, Jerry McGuire

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One thing is clear about watching Cuba Gooding Jr. receive his Best Supporting Actor trophy: he was ecstatic. Gooding’s earnest acceptance speech, during which he thanks his family and God first and foremost, is a noteworthy case of capturing pure joy on camera. As the music began to play him off Gooding started shouting “I love you” to everyone who had worked on the movie, bringing the smiling, cheering crowd to their feet in a standing ovation.

5

James Cameron
1998 Best Director, Titanic

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After delivering what would have been a pleasant, rather mundane acceptance speech for his Best Director award, James Cameron unwisely quoted his multi-award winning blockbuster, Titanic, by blurting out, “I’m the king of the world!” followed by a series of whoo-hoos. Hearing Cameron spout the line was undeniably awkward; perhaps it just didn’t sound as good when it wasn’t said by Leonardo DiCaprio.


4

Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Best Original Song, “Falling Softly” from “Once”

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After actor/musician Glen Hansard made a brief, but humble and heartfelt, speech, he stepped back to allow his co-star Markéta Irglová to say her piece. Unfortunately, Irglová’s microphone was abruptly cut off and the music swelled, leaving her with no choice but to leave the stage without saying a word.

Thankfully, when the telecast returned from commercial break host Jon Stewart brought Irglová back onto the stage to have her moment. She then took a few moments to give a lovely speech in which she urged fellow young people to “Make art!”

3

Roberto Benigni
Best Actor, Life is Beautiful

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When Roberto Benigni’s name was called, he didn’t stand up and walk down the aisle like everybody else does. Oh no. Benigni instead chose to stand on the backs of the chairs and climb over countless celebs on his way to the stage; he then hopped up the stairs like a child and let loose with a jubilant, but only partially-coherent, jumble of thickly-accented English mixed with Italian. During his infamously-odd speech, Benigni quoted poetry and thanked his parents for “the biggest gift: poverty.”

He ended with the oddest quote of all, saying, “I am not able to express all my gratitude because now, my body is in tumult because it is a colossal moment of joy. … I would like to be Jupiter. And kidnap everybody and lie down in the firmament making love to everyone.”


2

Jack Palance
1992 Best Supporting Actor, City Slickers

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Just in case you didn’t know, Jack Palance was kind of a bad-ass. A first-time Oscar winner at age 73, Palance delivered a charming and funny speech before inexplicably dropping to the floor and proving that he was still stronger than most men half his age. Palance did three or four push-ups before returning to the podium to finish his speech, dropping a few bawdy jokes along the way.

1

Angelina Jolie
2000 Best Supporting Actress, Girl Interrupted

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Remember when Angelina Jolie brought her brother, James Haven, to the Oscars as her date? Remember when they practically made out on the red carpet? Just when we didn’t think it could get any worse, Jolie (in strange Morticia Addams garb) got up on stage and declared that she was, “…just so in love with my brother right now.”

Jolie’s PDA and speech about “brotherly-love” raised several eyebrows that night, and cemented her place on the list of memorable Oscar acceptance speeches for many years to come.

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David Niven

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Okay, this isn’t an acceptance speech, but I simply must include it. In 1974, as respected actor David Niven presented an award, a nude streaker ran behind him. Niven, ever a gentleman, remained poised and famously quipped, “Probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing off his short-comings.”

Note: Choosing just ten acceptance speeches was no easy feat. Other noteworthy speeches were made by Vanessa Redgrave with her reproach of “Zionist hoodlums” in 1978, and Tom Hanks publicly outing his gay drama teacher, in 1994.



  • wyckid1

    I think Brando’s should have been higher. When the subject of Oscar speeches comes up, his is the first that always comes to mind.

    • shane13

      I also agree…he’s speech was actually memorable, not to many actors send someone to say anything like that!!! he should have been number one on this ranking

  • cqsteve

    Michael Moore = fat hypocrite.

    • upvote.

    • He is rather large, but why is he a hypocrite? I am not being pugnacious. I am really just curious since I’ve never heard him called that specifically.

      • dubmatrix

        He is a hypocrite cause he makes movies about people he doesn’t like. Fat, white, rich americans. Oh wait he’s a fat, white, rich american. Hypocrite.

        • dubmatrix

          He also spent 40,000 for a private weight loss center in florida while telling americans universal (streamlined) health care is the way to go. I don’t know about you guys but when competition comes into play, private practices try do do things better and faster to generate more business. Universal health care is a joke, it doesn’t provide for everybodys needs. We should be lowering the cost and advancing out technology to make it cheaper and faster. Not

          • I never knew that

          • Matt C

            I’m a firm believer in universal healthcare: I’m English. I’ve seen it.

            But I’m also a firm believer that if you can afford to pay for your treatment, you should.

            That way, you don’t use up resources that will then be allocated to treating those who can’t afford to pay.

          • Joanne

            Wow. Another genius with all the answers spouting someone else’s views.

          • langeroo

            Like most of the Western world we have a universal health care system here and it works well. The fact that someone with a bit of money is able to afford private health insurance doesnt make them a hypocrite. I use private health facilities because I can afford them, however fully support a health care system that will provide basic free health services for those members of the community who dont have the money to afford private health. A vibrant private health system decreases the burdon on the public system.

      • Piotrek

        Simply, he’s a hypocrite because he doesn’t go to Cuba for his healthcare needs and because he’s a capitalist beneficiary spouting socialist ideas.

    • chrom3d

      I like Michel Moore’s documentaries specially Sicko.. Gotta keep an open mind dude..

      • Tassie devil

        Some people have such an open mind that their brain falls out.

    • skeetskurt

      Def can’t call him a hypocrite. He might be extreme and controversial but I don’t see him doing anything that goes against what he stands for

    • gollumizer

      I don’t think he is a hypocrite, because I don’t like the US occupation of Iraq, too. he just went up there and stated his disapproval of a blatant oppression, what’s so bad about that? (though it doesn’t mean that I support everything moore did/will do.)

    • Lifeschool

      When it comes to hypocrisy, the polititians, bankers and big business bosses are far far worse. “No you can’t have any money, we need it all for our bonuses!”. And then you get to W. Bush. So perhaps he is the ‘lesser of two evils’ as they say? I guess Moore is not as publicly active as he was either, so maybe he’s had his day already.

    • fendabenda

      I like Michael Moore’s films because they’re interesting and kind of funny, too, but I still have to agree with you.

    • mom424

      Oh c’mon now. Most of us in western society are hypocrites. Truth be told, in North America we’re almost all fat too! I could sell my house, live in a perfectly fine double wide, and donate 1/3 of my income to charity. I could stop complaining and get off my said fat-ass and do something; I could run for office, I could volunteer at the homeless shelter, I could …. you get my point.

      Now if you want to criticize Michael Moore for being mean-spirited (I hated the way he steam-rolled Charlton Heston even while disliking almost everything Mr. Heston stands for), for ambushing people and making them look 1000 times worse, for jumping on the sensationalist band-wagon, you’ll get some support from me. Fat and a hypocrite though? No way.

  • Maybe it’s because I’m tired, but I really like the short, to the point, manner in which the list was written. And the content itself was good too. Huzzah.

  • margaret

    its called falling slowly.

  • Bill Carson

    Angelina Jolie… Wierd B****

  • flgh

    Just what I expected from a whitey’s list; absence of Lee Ang’s 2006’s Best Director speech

    • How do you know Beverly is white?

    • Lifeschool

      I had a look for that Ang Lee speech but couldn’t find a video link to post.

    • Jon

      oh shut up

  • Claizen

    I’m surprised that Halle Berry wasn’t on here. The only acceptance speech I remember from the Oscars. She sure was crying a lot.

    • Lifeschool

      Yes, I was thinking the same thing. There are no youtube clips of it I can find, but here’s a link to one on Metacafe (does this work for international users?)

      http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2478896/halle_berry

    • circlefan

      if were talking about crying, paltrow’s (shakespeare in love) speech pops in to my mind…
      and remember when gillian anderson thanked everybody but duchovny…haha
      i dont have anything aginst them, i just remembered, not even sure if anderson won oscars that time
      anyway, nice list!!!

  • Sally should have #1 spot. When i think of oscars, the first thing that pops into my mind is “You like me”

  • gollumizer

    halle berry’s oscar acceptance speech, taken from http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/halleber

    Oh, my god. Oh, my god. I’m sorry. This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It’s for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it’s for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened. Thank you. I’m so honored. I’m so honored. And I thank the Academy for choosing me to be the vessel for which His blessing might flow. Thank you.

    I want to thank my manager, Vincent Cirrincione. He’s been with me for twelve long years and you fought every fight and you’ve loved me when I’ve been up, but more importantly you’ve loved me when I’ve been down. You have been a manager, a friend, and the only father I’ve ever known. Really. And I love you very much.

    I want to thank my mom who’s given me the strength to fight every single day, to be who I want to be and given me the courage to dream, that this dream might be happening and possible for me. I love you, Mom, so much. Thank you. My husband, who is just a joy of my life, and India, thank you for giving me peace because only with the peace that you’ve brought me have I been allowed to go to places that I never even knew I could go. Thank you. I love you and India with all my heart.

    I want to thank Lions Gate. Thank you. Mike Paseornek, Tom Ortenberg for making sure everybody knew about this little tiny movie. Thank you for believing in me. Our director Marc Forster, you’re a genius. You’re a genius. This moviemaking experience was magical for me because of you. You believed in me; you trusted me and you gently guided me to very scary places. I thank you. I want to thank Ivana Chubic. I could have never figured out who the heck this lady was without you. I love you. Thank you. I want to thank Lee Daniels, our producer. Thank you for giving me this chance, for believing that I could do it. And now tonight I have this. Thank you.

    I want to thank my agents — CAA, Josh Lieberman especially. I have to thank my agents — Kevin Huvane, thank you. Thank you for never kicking me out and sending me somewhere else. Thank you. I, I, I, who else? I have so many people that I know I need to thank. My lawyers — Neil Meyer, thank you. Okay, wait a minute. I got to take…seventy-four years here!! Ok. I got to take this time! I got to thank my lawyer, Neil Meyer, for making this deal. Doug Stone. I need to thank lastly and not leastly, I have to thank Spike Lee for putting me in my very first film and believing in me. Oprah Winfrey for being the best role model any girl can have. Joel Silver, thank you. And thank you to Warren Beatty. Thank you so much for being my mentors and believing in me.

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    • Jasmine

      I was going to say, that Hallie’s Speech was one of the most heart felt, wonderful one’s I’ve ever heard! Thank you for posting this!

  • ArtemisFox

    Fun, lighthearted list. I enjoyed it very much.
    One of my favorite acceptance speeches is, this one by Emma Thompson for her Golden Globe for Sense and Senseability:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?nomobile=1&v=Q5prYhXQtCk

    • circlefan

      thank you artemis fox! i smiled a lot while viewing this

  • Lala

    What about Julia Roberts. I dont like her but her speech was one of the cutest ever.

    • IKR, butI loved Charlize Theron’s speech for monster

  • Kal

    what about gwyneth paltrows, that was certainly a very memorable one since it got so much attention

  • Teresa Sena

    Excellent post! Truly memorable speeches, especially Mr. Moore’s “shame on you” speech. I still recall that today – and I don’t think he’s a hypocrite, just way too controversial for society to handle.
    Oh and I would just like to point that Glen Hansard’s & Markéta Irglová’s best original song was “Falling Slowly” and not “Falling Softly”. Just for the sake of glorifying the song :)

  • one of the first speeches i thought of was kevin kline’s supporting actor award for a fish called wanda. the presenters were the previous two winners (michael caine – hannah and her sisters, and sean connery – the untouchables).

    kline’s speech — i don’t even remember it

    i do remember caine did not attend the ’87 ceremony, at which he was named best supporting actor. while bantering with connery, caine began to give his acceptance speech from two years prior, since he never did, and roger moore comes out 25 seconds later, interrupts him, and steals his notes.

    having said that, the one i’ll think of first from here on out is benigni’s crazyass behaviour — i’d hire him as a straight-jacket model after seeing that…..

  • oouchan

    I liked the speeches presented here. I don’t like watching these award shows as they are boring as hell! Of the list, Jack Palance is the most awesome! One of the best.

    Cool list.

  • undaunted warrior 1

    I second oouchan on the above comment watching it live is a bit drawn out and as for Jack Palance goes I enjoyed him in westerns and horror movies.

    Nice list thanks Bev.

  • Lifeschool

    The list was much more entertaining than I initially thought it would be, but ‘for cryin out loud’ you can’t beat Paltrow and Berry!

    Off Topic: Listverse website stats, are these correct?

    http://valuethewebsite.com/www.listverse.com

    • mom424

      No.

      • what in the hell is that, mom?

        i recognise that some of the numbers couldnt possibly be correct, no matter how you spin the analysis or manipulate the statistics — but……wtf?

        • Lifeschool

          ana.lysis :) – the LV word parser is itself way too aannaalll.

  • blondie

    “Once” was a great film, Glen and Margret are a brilliant team, shame they don’t do more music together but nevermind..

  • FlameHorse

    Anthony Hopkins has one of my fave quotes about Oscar speeches. “I don’t care a tinker’s damn what you’ve got to say. Take your award and get off the stage. I want to see which cartoon wins.”

    Here’s hoping for “How to Train Your Dragon,” Dr. Lecter.

  • Bev

    Thanks, all! I wish I could have made a top 20 list! There are just so many great moments.

    Thanks for the heads up on that song title, too. Jamie, would you mind correcting that for me, please? :) I absolutely loved both the song and the movie, but it has been a long time since I’ve seen/heard them.

  • Why didn’t you mention that Sacheen Littlefeather was actually an actress and that that was not her real name or race?

    Also, Michael Moore is anything but a hypocrite. He financed his first film by himself, his own “bootstraps” if you will, and isn’t that what right wing jerks keep saying people need to do in this country? Also, when people make fun of other people’s appearance, it makes it obvious that they have lost the argument.

    • fendabenda

      Agreed. If you call someone fat (even if it’s true), you make a fool of yourself. You’ve got no other arguments to defend your point of view than to attack the other person’s looks? You just failed, then. Loser!

      • dubmatrix

        It hard to take someone seriously on health care when they are a glutton. If he’s so concerned about it he should cut the calories and get people to live healthier. That’s why he’s a FAT hypocrite.

    • Maggot

      Why didn’t you mention that Sacheen Littlefeather was actually an actress and that that was not her real name or race?

      When you say “actually an actress”, are you inferring that she did not stand behind the message she delivered but was just acting as a disingenuous mouthpiece? Not true; she is a much-involved Native American activist, and already was so at the time of the speech, having participated in the 1969 Alcatraz Island protest, among other things. Additionally, according to IMDB, her acting credits begin in 1973, which leads me to believe that her acting career was as a result of the publicity/fame achieved after giving the Brando speech, not already in up and running. I could be wrong on that though, as her site says she started acting in “the early 70s”, so perhaps she was in fact an “aspiring actress” at the time of the speech.

      And yes, she is of Native American descent, including Apache…at least it is stated so on her official website, which in the absence of contrary proof otherwise, I gotta go with. Apparently it was film critic Roger Ebert who once said she was a “Mexican actress”, which has fostered a myth that she was not Native American (though of course, “Mexicans” can also be considered as being Native Americans). She chose the Littlefeather name much earlier too, so it’s not like that was faked just for the speech either, if that’s what you were suggesting.

      http://www.sacheenlittlefeather.net/pages/1/index

    • dubmatrix

      Have you seen the documentary “Michael Mores hates america”? He edits his films to look like certain events happen in certain ways, his facts are incorrect, if anyone questions his opinions he chastises them and doesn’t give a chance for debate. He a freaking tool. I swing more left than right but I’m mostly neutral. Micheal Moors is an extremist. Sorry but when you doctor your films to make it look like a bank gave you a rifle the day you opened a bank account when really you made sure ahead of time that you would pass you waiting period and yell at an old man for being in colorado after columbine, an event that was planned a year before that makes you a hypocrite. Lying and hiding facts to get his message across.

  • Old_Film_Fan

    I think Greer Garson, who won “Best Actress” for “Mrs. Miniver” should have been included. Here speech was significant because, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, she gave the longest Oscar acceptance speech, at five minutes and 30 seconds, thanking practically EVERYONE who ever helped her during her career. Because of her speech, the Academy Awards instituted a time limit on all future speeches.

    SEE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greer_Garson

  • RS

    *yawn*

    I remember when this site had not-so-boring lists…

    Oh well, there’s always the archives!

  • cindy

    Angelina Jolie is a psyho bitch… I don’t know what people see in her

    • mom424

      I do – She’s beautiful. Classically so. And although weird as hell, she puts her money where here mouth (oh, for those lips) is. She and Brad (again one of the beautiful people) give away as much money as many countries. So what if she has a brother hang-up? She seems to have gotten over it.

      She’s my girl crush from waaaay back.

    • Mayor McCheese

      Her backside

  • allyb10

    Hattie McDaniel, anyone? I know her speech may not be considered to be “memorable” since she did nothing showy or outrageous, and I would say at least 99% of listverse readers weren’t alive to witness that event in 1940. Nonetheless, her win was historic, so I’m surprised to see no one else mention it.

    • Old_Film_Fan

      I was actually going to mention that, following my post about Greer Garson, above.

      A clip of Hattie McDaniel’s acceptance speech can be found on Youtube. The only jarring comment, to today’s sensibilities, was her remark about being a “credit to her race,” which would rustle some feathers today, and possibly label her as an “uncle Tom.” Nonetheless, in 1940, when the award was presented, it was considered acceptable; even commendable.

      I think that Hattie put it best about the roles she played–at least I think it was Hattie:

      “In Hollywood, I can play a maid (in the movies) for $700 a day, or WORK as a maid for $7.00 a week.”

  • Matt C

    First off, Jack Palance’s push ups weren’t inexplicable: he started off by saying he was at that age where the directors wouldn’t take the risk on such an old guy, they’d hire someone younger and make him look older, without bothering to check if you can still do this:
    *drops and starts doing pushups*

    Secondly, at the age of 73, he was doing ONE ARMED pushups.

    • fendabenda

      Jack Palance was Awesome, no denying.

    • Now that’s impressive.

    • mom424

      I could never, in my entire life, do a one armed push-up. I would tip over. I could though do a mess of regular man-type. Now? I can maybe do 10. Maybe. I’ll have to wake up a bit and try. (I’m pretty fat right at the moment, maybe 5, come to think of it)

      • fendabenda

        One-armed push-ups are hard, I couldn’t do more than one or two even when I was young and was training from 2 to 6 hours a day. I guess some people just don’t have the ability to build upperbody muscles (like me). So, I concentrated on kicking and joint locks. It worked ok for me, except sometimes I got my a*ss kicked by someone with bigger biceps. :)

        • fendabenda

          *for*
          Damn my dementia…

  • deeeziner

    You gotta look at the Oscars for what they are…a recognition of the seriously hard work that was exerted for the sake of the art, and for the love of entertainment.

    If some of those recipients got a little too into the moment, well wouldn’t you?

    And if some of the other recipients took the moment for a somewhat questionable chance to air a grief or spotlight a pet concern, well they definitely chose a soapbox in the World’s eye view. Again, if it was something that YOU felt that passionately about, could you resist the moment?

    This list just brings to our attention those special moments that make entertainment history a bit more colorful.

  • Quite a good list.

    The Brando one, however, requires a few addendums:

    Ms. “Littlefeather” was actually Marie Cruz. She was no more a member of the Apache tribe than am I. She had a link to the Tribe of All Nations, which means that one may be Native Indian but have absolutely no way to trace to which tribe one may belong (if any). She considered herself an activist, and did take part in the Alcatraz sit-in. But she she also had a hankering for fame, and had been the winner of the “Miss American Vampire” competition in 1970.

    All in all, if you knew anything at all about “Sacheen Littlefeather” her appearance at the Oscars was a bad, very bad, joke!

    • ParusMajor

      You mean you’re a member of the Apache tribe? Damn… :D

  • Brando also led a rather strange life later, after he pretty much stopped acting. He had a home in Tahiti and was cut off there from the rest of the world except by ham radio, to which he was fairly addicted.

    One of his sons worked as one of Michael Jackson’s body guards/gofers.

    I worked with Cuba Gooding jr. just before his career took off. He was, and still is, one of the most genuinely nice people you would ever want to meet. His performance at the Oscars was no surprise, just classic Cuba!

    • Lifeschool

      Thank you for sharing those insights and stories segues – it’s always a pleasure to read what you have to say, especially on movie lists. I guess you put the final nail in the Sacheen Littlefeather story; yes is does seem very awkward looking at it with more of the facts in mind. This is a shame, considering the range of fine Native Americans already in the business (heck, even Johnny Depp and Megan Fox are part Cherokee). I would be very interested to learn more about those peoples and their most notable (ancient or modern day) figures. Perhaps someone would love to send in a list??

      • Lifeschool

        oh, we’ve had a top 15 already, here it is:

        https://listverse.com/2007/11/20/top-15-most-famous-native-americans/

        Chief Dan George was an actor who could have delivered that Oscar cerimony speech with more justice. He was the guy from Little Big Man and Outlaw Josey Wales. Right, I’ll shut up now.

      • Thanks, Lifeschool. I’m always a bit hesitant to share some of Hollywood stories…all of us old school Listversers know my history, but new members might think I’m just blowing smoke!

  • Dopamine Addicted

    The Godfather is amazing (watching right now)
    Moore….not afraid to voice is opinion
    Cuba’s speech…….Awesome.
    Cameron = Idiot
    Benigni is crazy/funny (i think should change place w/ brando on this list)
    Jack Palance…the best (cool old guy, like clint)
    jolie….????? (not a big fan)

    nice list, really enjoyed it. hope we have some memorable ones this sunday.

    thought* does Al Pacino have any? (huge fan)

    • Lifeschool

      Yeah, he won for that great movie Scent of a Woman, here’s the blub.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0vE7pR5gg8

      • gollumizer

        the fact that pacino can make a middle-aged, blind, foul-mouthed man come across as hot and tempting is a testament to his greatness. I especially love the tango scene with gabrielle anwar.

        (what happened to gabrielle anwar? where is she now?)

    • fendabenda

      Al Pacino won an Oscar for “Scent of a Woman” (1992). http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000199/awards

      • Dopamine Addicted

        thank you both

  • Great list.

    I do think Charlie Chaplin’s acceptance speech for the honorary Oscar he received in 1972 should be on here.

  • fendabenda

    I wish I could remember the title of the Jess Franco hadrcore ornop film where his common-law spouse Lina Romay actually put an Oscar statue where the sun don’t shine… I couldn’t stop laughing for ages after seeing that… or wan-king (Lina Romay is a good looking female specimen) :D

  • mom424

    Good list today. Better than I anticipated. Kudos.

    Comments are as informative as the list this morning; fills out the entries and gives us a wide range of notable mentions. I’m thinking we can spread the praise around today. Good job everybody!

  • GEORGE COOPER

    James cameron’s speech was memorable;cool list

  • Lawrence

    Everyone forget about Three Six Mafia’s acceptance speech a few years back? That was definitely memorable.

  • Mala

    Great list! Let’s hope this Sunday will provide us with a whole new Top 10!

  • Mtj

    What about that lady a couple of years ago that pulled a “Kanye West” and took over the mic for after the best documentary win was announced. She had been fired from the project but still gave the speech while the actual producer had to just stand there and watch.

  • MrRocketSkates

    Great list!

  • Pocket Change

    forgot about first black winner and a few others, slightly disappointing list

  • abby

    The song is Falling Slowly, not Falling Softly.

  • coachemon

    I know older ones are tougher to remember so I have to include Louise Fletcher’s speech when she won for her role as Nurse Ratched for One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest when she use sign language to thank her deaf parents.

    • TMC is running Oscar Winning movies all week (*was* running, also today I think), and last One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was on.

      I had forgotten just how incredibly touching that movie really was.

      Louise Fletcher absolutely earned that Oscar, hands down, but the supporting cast was made up of brilliant, brilliant actors.

      If you haven’t seen this film in a long time, or if you have never seen it, rent it now!

  • Swanksta

    Benigni made two speeches that night one of them was for best actor the other for best foreign film. So the quotes shown were from two separate speeches.

    • Swanksta

      & oh yeah I enjoyed the list (:

  • ianz09

    Anybody else see that this list was pretty much ripped off on Yahoo! news today? I read that, and it was almost a carbon copy of this.

  • kokopelli1000

    What about when Alfred Hitchcock won the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award?
    His speech, in its entirety: “Thank You.”

    • kokopelli1000

      Really, I can’t say Hitchcock? Oi vey…

  • hannahxmae

    On number 4, the song is “Falling Slowly,” not Falling Softly.

  • just

    i don’t watch award shows anymore becuz they never allow the recipent’s to say before booting them off. like, here’s your show, ok, now go away, cuz we have to give the same one to a lot of other pple! Gee, thanks? :/

  • Jack

    My favorite Oscar moment will always be Charlie Chaplin receiving an Honorary Award in 1971 “for the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century.” When the old man appeared on stage, he received what is known as the longest applause in Oscar history.

  • mirjam

    What about Anna Paquin?

  • Jasmine Leilani

    Where is Halle Berry’s? I thought hers was one of the (if not the most) touching, honest, heart felt Oscar Speeches ever.
    She not only acknowledged her own joy and emotion, but made sure to make mention of the Actresses of ethnicity who have gone unrecognized over the years and still do.
    That I think deserves more mention than that hypocrite Moore!

  • Bart

    very good list, please do another top ten on this

  • honkster7

    Russell Crowe – God bless America , God save the Queen , God defend New Zealand , Thank Christ for Australia , gotta love the purely laidback Aussie-ness of the last line .

  • Jess

    loved michael moore’s speech! GOOD ON YOU FOR SAYING THE TRUTH!!!

  • Hoocaseab

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  • diddymuck

    Dustin Hoffman’s Kramer vs Kramer speech…Johnny Carson’s comment: “everthing needing to be said, said beautifully”

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  • Dauex

    How is Alfred Hitchcock’s acceptance speech of the lifetime achievement award: “Thank You”.
    It was so hilarious, the way one of the greatest directors of all time basically gave the Oscars the finger. Defiantly the most memorable “speech” of all time.