From the inspirational, to the quirky, the 2014 Oscars acceptance speeches were “all right, all right, all right!” Here’s a look at 5 of the best acceptance speeches from last night’s awards ceremony.
Jared Leto Thanks Single Mom, Raises Awareness for AIDS
Given the off-color remarks he made about his male anatomy and his personal grooming habits during his Golden Globe acceptance speech, I had no idea what to expect this time around. However, his Oscar speech had a more serious and poignant tone.
The Best Supporting Actor thanked his single mom for having struggled financially and working hard to provide a better life for him and his brother. He also used his time to raise awareness about important issues such as the situations in Ukraine and Venezuela, and those who were suffering from AIDS.
Lupita Nyong’o Inspires Children To Dream
The “12 Years a Slave” star showed such class and humility during her Best Supporting Actress speech. Upon arriving onstage, she immediately thanked her character, Patsey, pointing out that “it doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own.”
She also reminded children that “no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”
Darlene Love “Sings Because She’s Happy”
Sorry Pink, Bette Midler, and Idina Menzel, but Darlene Love gave the vocal performance of the night. During the acceptance speech for Best Documentary for “20 Feet From Stardom,” she unexpectedly broke into song with a powerful rendition of the gospel hymn, “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” earning a well-deserved standing ovation.
Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez Sing and Rhyme
Speaking of musical speeches, the husband and wife team had “so many people to thank. Luckily, everybody’s name rhymes.” During their acceptance speech for Best Original Song, they speedily sang and rhymed their way through their laundry list of people thank, deftly keeping the “long speech music” at bay.
Matthew McConaughey’s Speech is “All Right, All Right, All Right”
The “Dallas Buyers Club” star gave a Best Actor Speech that was courageous, thought-provoking, and a little off-the-wall.
Although it’s not always popular for a celebrity to talk about his personal faith, Matthew thanked God, reflecting that “he has shown that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.” He also talked about how his hero was himself in 10 years, and how that always gave him a goal to chase after.
In a poignant but humorous moment, he talked about his deceased father in heaven with a pot of gumbo, a can of Miller Lite, dancing in his underwear.
He ended his speech with “amen,” “all right, all right, all right,” (in reference to his first film, “Dazed and Confused”) and “keep on livin’.”
Who do you think gave the best speech at last night’s Oscars?
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