Some of them have bathed in ice to conceptualize what it feel like to be dead, some have temporarily lived with the person they’re portraying on film, some may have even risked their own life for a role, but what would possess anyone to do such a thing for their craft?
To hopefully give a hastily (and possibly unprepared) speech in front of millions during a Academy Award win. With some speeches slick and some speeches that are teary eyed (but all memorable), here are five of some of the most memorable Oscar speeches given since its 1929 inception.
1.) If Shakespeare Collected Residual Checks Today
In 1998 Marc Newman (the screenwriter for Shakespeare in Love) fully conceptualized what Mr. Shakespeare would be doing with his life today if born in current times as opposed to having men dress as women (and playing the female roles during the late 1500s.)
“If Shakespeare were alive today, he’d be driving a Porsche, living in Bel-Air, and he’d have a deal with Paramount.”
Well put, Mr. Newman, if Shakespeare had any clue his work would still be relevant and inspire over 300 years since passing in 1616 that would be one astronomical upfront payment in numbers that may go on longer than pi.
2.) King Of The World 1996
James Cameron was indeed “King of the World,” proving that it shall be as it was written. James Cameron exclaimed “I’m king of the world” by paying homage to the film’s lead during his acceptance speech for his Academy Award win for Best Director regarding the film “Titanic” (or possibly known as “the movie some kids think was just a film that wasn’t based on an actual historical event of a gigantic ship sinking.”)
3.) I Love You… Show Me The Money
Cuba Gooding Jr. not only approached his win with enthusiastic class but also lamented his love for everyone being caught in his moment. Did you know Cuba loves you? He won an Academy Award for his role in “Jerry Maguire” in 1996 and he loves you. The music is playing, he’s jumping, and he loves you. Cuba. Loves. You.
4.) The Academy Award Goes To Batmen
Christian Bale (Christopher Nolan series) and George Clooney (the ICE “Batman and Robin” film [pun alert]) are both batmen that won an Academy Award win post pointy eared iconic role. Both have won Best Supporting Actor awards (Clooney for “Syriana” in 2006 and Bale for “The Fighter” in 2010) and put on effortless class that make their heartfelt speeches show everyone how a win is handled properly.
5.) Back-To-Back Oscars
Sometimes a person should think to themselves “Tom Hanks didn’t win an Academy Award, the Academy Awards won a Tom Hanks” and there’s nothing wrong with thinking like that. With style and class Mr. Hanks delivered a timely speech addressing the AIDS crisis throughout the country accepting his Best Actor Award for “Philadelphia” in 1993. He also won a Best Actor Oscar for “Forrest Gump” the following year.
This article can only capture some of the electricity that is the Academy Awards but it is something I can live with…
Because Cuba Gooding Jr. loves me.
As much as he loves you.