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 Actress5912Agree 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 Actress5212Agree or disagree?
Year: 1984One of the weirdest Oscar speeches is also one of the most memorable. Many are quick fault Hollywood and the film industry for being self congratulatory and narcissistic. Field loudly proclaiming, while clutching her golden statue, that "You like me! Right now, you really like me!" probably didn't help matters.
Film: Places in the Heart
Award: Best Lead Actress4611Agree or disagree?
Year: 1988According to this speech no one loves Cher as much as Cher does. She broadly thanks the whole crew, but then proceeds to thank those who made her look good, including her makeup guy who "had a lot to work with." She also thanks her fellow nominees because "she feels really really good, because they were so great."
Award: Best Lead Actress4915Agree or disagree?