10 memorable awards acceptance speeches you might have forgotten
Thank you, thank you
1. Most awkward
There's much to love about La La Land actress Emma Stone, who time and again reminds just how similar celebrities are to us (only richer and more talented, of course). "To be an actor, playing an actor, and receiving an actor, by a guild of actors, is pretty exceptional," she rattled off. Sorry, what? Within two minutes, she managed to gush about her fellow nominees, reveal her insecurities and make a statement on America's current political climate.
2. Most unplanned
BFFs Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were "just two young guys" when they received their first Academy Award in 1997 for writing Good Will Hunting. Only in their mid-20s back then, they Hollywood babies clearly didn't write or practice a speech, with the two mouthing off whatever names came to them.
3. Most political
After announcing that he would boycott the ceremony, Marlon Brando rejected his 1973 Oscar for his work in The Godfather. He sent Sacheen Littlefeather instead, the then-president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee. Brando took the opportunity to stand with the Native Americans who have been neglected, replaced and disrespected in America's film industry.
4. Most teary
Our hearts were with Jennifer Hudson when she accepted her award for her role as Effie White in Dreamgirls. Who would have thought that an American Idol contestant (who didn't win) would go on to bag an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award?
5. Most touchy
When Adrien Brody picked up his first Academy Award (and first nomination) for his "role of a lifetime" in The Pianist, he gave an unexpected smooch to presenter Halle Berry in an iconic scene. His acceptance speech tugged at our hearts when his voice wavered, notably when he referenced his parents with a teary-eyed mother in attendance.
6. Most adorable
Before Anna Paquin's star shone in teen-friendly shows such as X-Men and True Blood, the actress was a little trooper who was awestruck when she bagged an Academy award for her role in The Piano at 11 years old. Watch her short speech, where you can hear her Kiwi accent still intact.
7. Most rousing
Nothing will stop Cuba Gooding Jr., not even a time limit. The Jerry Maguire star showed his gratitude in such an exuberant nature that nothing complemented it better than a standing ovation. Who doesn't he love?
8. Most droll
We get it Jennifer Lawrence, you're a "real girl" who trips at awards ceremonies and enjoys the occasional burger binge. Lawrence, however, received flak for accepting her Silver Linings Playbook role with "What did it say? 'I beat Meryl'" — a direct reference to the 1996 comedy The First Wives Club.
9. Most inspiring
The McConaissance was warmly welcomed in Matthew McConaughey's Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club. After being typecast as the All-American hunk in many a chick flick, the actor impressed us with his performance, charming us further in his acceptance speech where he referenced God, his father and his personal hero.
10. Most perplexing
Remember a time when humanitarian and actress Angelina Jolie wore a blood vial, played with knives and kissed her brother on the lips? Jolie's critically-acclaimed performance in Girl, Interrupted (arguably one of her best roles to date) had tongues wagging when she declared her love for her brother Jamie.
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