Oscars 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.

Credits (TV): Band of Brothers, Tales from the Crypt, Big Love, John Adams, Bosom Buddies, + more

Birthplace: Concord, California, USA

Nationality: United States of America

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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.

Credits (TV): Mork & Mindy, The Crazy Ones, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour, The Richard Pryor Show, + more

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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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.

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Nationality: Kenya, Mexico

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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.

Credits (TV): G.P., Seitenblicke, History vs. Hollywood, Heartland, Bordertown, + more

Birthplace: Ivanhoe, Australia

Nationality: Australia

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