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.

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: 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!

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Year: 2014
Film: Dallas Buyers Club
Award: Best Actor in a Leading Role

McConaughey manages to hit all of the standard notes in the beginning of his speech, thanking the Academy, his team, his costars, and the other acceptance speech regulars. He then elaborates on his life and his path, in pure poetic McConaughey style.

Credits (TV): True Detective, Unsolved Mysteries, Festival Pass with Chris Gore

Birthplace: Uvalde, Texas, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Year: 2003
Film: Bowling for Columbine
Award: Best Documentary Feature (shared with Michael Donovan)

It's no surprise that if you give Michael Moore a microphone in front of thousands of people and millions of at-home viewers, he's going to say some controversial things. But to get booed and cheered in equal measure at the Oscars has got to be a first. His comments directed at President George W. Bush quickly became one of the more memorable moments in Oscar history.

Credits (TV): TV Nation, The Awful Truth

Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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