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Which is the Best Oscar Acceptance Speech?

Famous Words From Famous Celebrities


With the 45-second deadline that restricts Oscar winners from rambling on-stage, celebrities find it tough to stick to the time-limit in their moment of glory. So, kudos to all those celebrities who made some of the greatest Oscar acceptance speeches ever!

Morgan Freeman, Best Supporting Actor, Million Dollar Baby
I want to thank everybody and anybody who ever had anything at all to do with the making of this picture. But I especially want to thank Clint Eastwood for giving me the opportunity to work with him again.

Jamie Foxx, Best Actor, Ray
It was so much love that was hidden underneath the bottom of the earth in America and all over the world for Ray Charles. We cracked it open with this movie and now it's spilling out everywhere.

Woody Allen
Thank you very much. That makes up for the strip-search.

Cameron Crowe, Best Original Screenplay, Almost Famous
If they say, 'I don't like your movie,' it's kind of like saying, 'I didn't like your life.' And then they say, 'By the way, it was a little too long.'

Julia Roberts, Best Actress, 2000
[about the 45-second limit on acceptance speeches] I'm so happy, thank you. A girl's got to have her moment. Everybody tries to get me to shut up. It didn't work with my parents and it didn't work now.

Jane Fonda, Best Actress, 1972
There's a great deal to say, but I'm not going to say it tonight.

Valli O'Reilly, Best Make-up, Lemony Snickets
I'd like to formally apologize to all the actors for making them look so unfortunate. But it was worth it, wasn't it?

Sally Field, 1985
I haven't had an orthodox career, and I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!

Sean Connery
You know, the Oscar I was awarded for The Untouchables is a wonderful thing, but I haven't changed and I can honestly say that I'd rather have won the US Open Golf Tournament.

Tan Dun, Best Original Score Oscar, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
My music is to dream without boundaries. Tonight, with you, I see boundaries being crossed. As a classic musical composer, I am thrilled to be honored here.

Brad Bird, Best Animated Feature, The Incredibles
Animation is about creating the illusion of life. And you can't create it if you don't have one.

Billy Crystal
Well, the way things are going, aside from wheat and auto parts, America's biggest export is now the Oscar.

Jack Lemmon
I'd rather make the cut in the Crosby than win another Oscar.

Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress
Thank you to the Academy, who know Katharine Hepburn so well and are so intimately acquainted with her work. This is an indescribable surprise.

Chris Rock
[on the success of black actors] It's always good to see some color in the room that doesn't have mops.

Chris Rock
[on Jude Law] If you can't get a star, wait, you want Tom Cruise and all you get is Jude Law… wait, it's not the same thing. Who is Jude Law? Why is he in every movie I have seen in the last four years? Even if he's not acting in it, if you look at the credits he makes the cupcakes or something.

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