The Academy Awards are the highlight of the year of cinephiles. It's when the Academy honors those they see as the absolute best of the best. To even receive a nomination is a staggering accomplishment. Naturally, when the stakes are that high, and you're up on the stage accepting the award... you may not be thinking clearly. For those poor people it's traumatic, for viewers at home it's a moment to relive on YouTube forever.
Most of these weird oscar acceptance speeches had only the best intentions. Whether they decided to go too political; to express a deep, deep love for a family member; or to quote the movie for which they won, it surely all sounded good in their heads. These Oscar speech fails come from some of the best and brightest in the industry - after all, everyone has an off day.These are the strangest, most cringeworthy, most awkward, and all-around worst Oscar speeches in Academy Awards history. Vote up the weirdest of the weird below!
Year: 1984Mix self love, a pinch of entitlement, and a dash of strange on stage spirituality. Shake for three minutes, and you have this crazy speech.
Film: Terms of Endearment
Award: Best Lead Actress588Agree or disagree?
Jane Fonda Can't Find the Words
Year: 1972Jane Fonda is known for being vocal and a spitfire. So that this speech came from her is surprising. After a healthy round of applause, she graciously glances to the audience, gets out maybe three sentences and leaves.
Award: Best Actress5010Agree or disagree?
Year: 1978Vanessa Redgrave was in the midst of a lot of political turmoil due to a documentary she'd just produced called The Palestinian. Add to that the fact that her best actress award was for a Nazi film and the stage was set for political statements. They were quickly met with awkward boos and jeers.
Award: Best Supporting Actress4810Agree or disagree?
Year: 1992This is one of the weirdest speeches ever, but in a great way. Jack Palance was not a young man when he won in 1992. He was in his seventies at that point, and starts his speech off mentioning producers worrying about his health. He then proceeds to walk to the side of the stage and bust out one-armed push ups in a suit, then come back and make sex jokes about it. He was truly a man amongst men.
Film: City Slickers
Award: Best Supporting Actor4513Agree or disagree?