speeches The Greatest Oscar Acceptance Speeches of All Time  

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One of the best parts of the Oscars broadcast each year is the moving and heartfelt acceptance speeches. The Academy Awards are the highest honor a director, actor, or person in the world of film can win. As a result, some of the best Oscar speeches are memorable for the winner's nerves, excitement, and enthusiasm. Which Oscar-winning stars have given the best acceptance speeches?

Especially with the advent of YouTube and social media, Academy Award speeches (and those from just about any awards show) are replayed and enjoyed (or scrutinized) even long after the telecast has aired. But not all Oscar speeches are created equal. Far from it. Winners react with everything from pure excitement (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) to an outpouring of emotion (Halle Berry) to being completely overwhelmed (Jennifer Lawrence).

These are the best Academy Award Speeches of all time! Vote up the speeches you find the most moving, and get ready to feel all the feels.

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Year: 1995
Film: Forrest Gump
Award: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Tom Hanks is the embodiment of charm. When he thanks you, he means it - really, truly means it. He thanks everyone and you as the viewer feel thanked and loved. Powerful words, powerfully delivered.

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Birthplace: Concord, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Year: 1997
Film: Jerry Maguire
Award: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

If you won an Oscar you might be a little too excited also. Gooding went there and managed to handle it beautifully. He doesn't really start his speech in full force until the music plays, then instead of letting it play him off he uses it as a score to underline his love for everyone. Then there's dancing!

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Nationality: United States of America

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Year: 1998
Film: Good Will Hunting
Award: Best Writing, Original Screenplay

Want to see two young Boston boys totally lose their sh*t on stage? It's crazy to see how far these two have come over the years, and seeing them here is really something special.

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Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Year: 2002
Film: Monster's Ball
Award: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Naturally, people get emotional when they win awards, especially one as prestigious as an Oscar. But Berry was the first African American woman to ever win and she wanted to thank the other women who stood beside her and helped her get to where she was that night. You feel each tear she cries; it's a powerful speech during a powerful moment in history.

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Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Year: 2014
Film: Blue Jasmine
Award: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Not only does she individually thank everyone in her category honestly and with specifics, she also goes on to deliver the message that women in film, and films based around women, are important and profitable.

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Year: 2014
Film: 12 Years a Slave
Award: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Nyong'o came out of nowhere and won all everyone's heart. Then she delivered this impassioned speech and reminded the public why she's so great. Her speech is brilliantly delivered, with love pouring out of every sentence.

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Year: 2013
Film: Silver Linings Playbook
Award: Best Actress in a Leading Role

A rare speechless Jennifer Lawrence not only falls on her way up to accept the award, but can't seem to believe it once she's up there either. It's adorable, and endearing, and further cemented her place in Hollywood as the impossibly talented girl next door.

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Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Year: 2001
Film: Erin Brockovich
Award: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Julia Roberts is truly America's sweetheart. She manages to walk that fine line between sassy and polite so often. Her speech here is no exception; it's concentrated Julia Roberts charm on full display.

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