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The Weirdest/Worst Oscar Acceptance Speeches Ever, Ranked  

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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!
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Year: 1973
Film: The Godfather
Award: Best Lead Actor

Marlon Brando was a near shoe-in for his incredible performance as Don Corleone in The Godfather. He used the opportunity to get an important message across and sent someone close to the cause in his stead: an Apache woman who spoke clearly, succinctly, and honestly about their cause.
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Year: 1984
Film: Terms of Endearment
Award: Best Lead Actress

Mix self love, a pinch of entitlement, and a dash of strange on stage spirituality. Shake for three minutes, and you have this crazy speech.
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Jane Fonda Can't Find the Words
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Year: 1972
Film: Klute
Award: Best Actress

Jane 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.
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Year: 1943
Film: Mrs. Miniver
Award: Best Lead Actress

This carefully edited clip seems to show a perfectly good and normal speech. But this video is less than a minute long and her speech ran over six minutes, making it the longest in Oscar history. Most of it was rambling and fairly self congratulatory, but the original video footage is lost to the ages.
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