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The Weirdest/Worst Oscar Acceptance Speeches Ever, Ranked

Updated November 13, 2018 1.5k votes 342 voters 17.3k views25 items

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: 2011
    Film: The Fighter
    Award: Best Supporting Actress

    Leo managed to make interacting with Kirk Douglas, who presented the category, feel even stranger than it already was. Then she dropped an F-bomb and rambled for what felt like hours. To close, she went with some weird yelling about selling motion pictures.

    To top it all off she took Kirk Douglas's cane and acted like an old lady.

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    Year: 1998
    Film: Titanic
    Award: Best Director

    James Cameron's speech opens with the same general thanks and fanfare. There's even a great joke about his parents being his "original producers." He's doing a decent, if slightly boring, job until the end, when he loudly and awkwardly announces he's the "KING OF THE WORLD!" then starts wooing and yelling but with weirdly dull eyes.
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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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