The Oscars is an awards show that showcases the best in movies for the year. Here are five of the most memorable Oscar acceptance speeches in recent years.
Cuba Gooding Jr. for Best Supporting Actor in “Jerry Maguire”
Cuba Gooding Jr. won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Jerry Maguire” in 1997. It could be agreed upon that his acceptance speech was probably the most exciting acceptance speech of all time. When he got up to the microphone, he first made a comment about how there’s not much time given for an acceptance speech, that he understood that, and that he didn’t care if the music started playing to cut him off. Not much later into his speech, that’s exactly what happened. What made this speech exciting was that he continued for a whole minute while the music was playing. He professed his love for all his co-workers and everyone in his life, thanking them all graciously. He was very energetic and even started jumping up in the air at the very end of his speech. You can watch his acceptance speech here via YouTube.
Adrien Brody for Best Actor in “The Pianist”
Adrien Brody won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in “The Pianist” in 2003. His speech was exciting, fun at times, and also heartwarming. When he first got on stage he kissed Halle Berry very passionately, which surely shocked the audience in the theater, the audience at home watching, and Berry herself. It looked as if the speech would be funny and shocking, but it took a lot of turns. As the speech progressed, the music started to play and Brody actually told them to stop and to let him finish, which they did! He then continued his speech in a serious tone commenting about the current war going on and how it’s hard on everyone. He then concluded his speech by talking about his friend and other soldiers in the war and hoping they all come back home safely. Watch Brody’s exciting and emotional speech here via YouTube.
Roberto Benigni for Best Foreign Language Film for “Life is Beautiful”
Roberto Benigni accepted the award for Best Foreign Language Film for the movie “Life if Beautiful” in 1999. This was a very exciting speech. When his name was called he jumped up on the back of one of the chairs in the audience and jumped around a couple of times on other chairs. As he made his way to the stage he then hopped up the stairs. It was very exciting and you could tell the audience enjoyed the fun as well. His speech was very heartwarming as he thanked everyone sincerely. Watch the very energetic speech here via YouTube.
Anna Paquin for Best Supporting Actress in “The Piano”
Anna Paquin won the Oscar for the Best Actor for her role in “The Piano” in 1994. This was a memorable speech because she was only 11 years old when she won this award. At first when she got up to the microphone she started to hyperventilate which made the audience laugh a couple of times. Instead of letting the nerves get the best of her she delivered a clear and mature speech. It was truly amazing to see her pull herself together so quickly to deliver a nice straight-to-the-point speech at such a young age. Watch Paquin deliver her speech here via YouTube.
Sally Field for Best Actress in “Places in the Heart”
Sally Field won the Oscar for the Best Actress for her role in “Places in the Heart” in 1985. This speech contains one of the most misquoted lines of all time. In her speech she says “You like me, right now, you like me!”. This has been in-turn been misquoted numerous times as “You like me, you really really like me” in various movies, TV shows, and other medias. There’s no doubt though that this speech has left it’s lasting impression even if it continually gets misquoted. Watch Field’s speech here via YouTube to see what she really said during her speech.