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The Weirdest/Worst Oscar Acceptance Speeches Ever, Ranked

Updated November 13, 2018 866 votes 341 voters 17.2k 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!
  • Angelina Jolie LOVES Her Brother
    Video: YouTube

    Year: 1999
    Film: Girl, Interrupted
    Award: Best Supporting Actress

    Angelina Jolie brought her brother to the Academy Awards as her date. Cute right? Well... It would have been but she opened up her speech with, "I'm so in love with my brother right now." Not "I love my brother"; she's "IN LOVE" with her brother.
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  • Melissa Leo Is All Over the Place
    Video: YouTube

    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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  • James Cameron Thinks He's the King of the World
    Video: YouTube

    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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    Director of Music by Prudence Is Interrupted by His Own Producer

    Director of Music by Prudence Is Interrupted by His Own Producer
    Video: YouTube

    Year: 2009
    FilmMusic By Prudence
    Award: Best Documentary Short
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    Bet you didn't think Best Documentary Short would get a mention on this list, but it's not often someone gets full on Kanye'd at the Oscars! Director Roger Ross Williams was off to a great start, when he was joined on stage by his very own producer, Elinor Burkett (with whom he shared the award).

    Regardless of her status as a winner, there's no denying how strange it is to see the Oscar stage rushed and the winner interrupted. (Jump to the 4:00 mark for their category.)

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