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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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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Year: 2010
Film: The Blind Side
Award: Best Actress in a Leading Role
 
Sandra Bullock does an amazing job briefly describing her road to the Oscars, then going on to describe her relationship with, and love for, each of the other nominees. Her thanks for everyone responsible seems heartfelt and a long time coming.

(Her speech begins at the 9:00 mark.)

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Year: 2009
Film: The Reader
Award: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Kate Winslet spends much of this speech just gushing over the idea of it. Her love for her family and friends is oh so apparent and she gives a surely much appreciated thanks to the cast and crew of the film, in a real, earnest, and adorable way.

(Her speech begins at the 6:40 mark.)

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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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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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Year: 1998
Film: Good Will Hunting
Award: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

You knew Robin Williams to be excited and excitable in nearly all of his performances, but to see the late actor near speechless with excitement here is powerful and amazing.

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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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