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Oscar Acceptance Speeches

Read the Words of the Stars

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Movie fans expect celebrities to live up to their celluloid image. But when they listen to the Oscar acceptance speeches made by their favorite stars, they get a glimpse of reality. On this page, read some of the best and worst Oscar acceptance speeches. Let us hope that these memorable speeches inspire others to make outstanding speeches. As the title of a 1954 Marilyn Monroe classic movies says, "There is no business like show business."

Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress, The Aviator
I don't have a sense of entitlement or that I deserve this. You'd be surprised at the lack of competition between nominees - I think a lot of it's imposed from the outside. Can I have my champagne now?

Clint Eastwood, Best Director, Million Dollar Baby
There are a lot of great movies that have won the Academy Award, and a lot of great movies that haven't. You just do the best you can.

Clint Eastwood, Best Director, Million Dollar Baby
There's a lot of young guys coming along, but I'd like to say to the various financiers, don't forget the senior guys. The senior guys and gals are there, willing to do their best work for you.

Clint Eastwood, Best Director, Million Dollar Baby
I was kind of a little disappointed when they started building a competition between Marty (Martin Scorsese) and me. I have the greatest respect for him and all the films he's done over the years.

Jamie Foxx, Best Actor, Ray
Give it up for Ray Charles and his beautiful legacy. And thank you, Ray Charles for living.

Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress, The Aviator
Working with Martin Scorsese was an absolute minute-by-minute education without him ever being grandiose about it.

Pedro Almodovar, Best Foreign Film, All About My Mother
Right now I don't know if I have dreamt about this or not. But when you are in the ocean you must swim. Being on the race for the Oscars, logically I want to win.

Jack Nicholson
I guess this proves there are as many nuts in the Academy as anywhere else.

Ben Affleck
Losing would suck and winning would be really scary. And it's really, really scary.

Robin Williams, 1998 Academy Awards
It's like winning the golden dude. A great honor. Before I didn’t have the chance of the Jamaican Bobsled team of winning… now I do.

Hilary Swank, Best Actress, Million Dollar Baby
The truth is, after Boys Don't Cry, I realized how few and far between the great roles are. I am beyond thankful for finding Million Dollar Baby.

Morgan Freeman, Best Supporting Actor, Million Dollar Baby
Getting a standing ovation was kind of humbling that so many people are so happy that I have been named for this award. A lot of people say you're due - maybe you are, maybe you aren't - it's an accolade.

Kim Basinger, 1998 Academy Awards
I just want to thank everybody I've ever met in my entire life.

Grace Kelly, 1954 Academy Awards
This is one night I wish I smoked and drank.

Sacheen Littlefeather, 1972 Academy Awards
[refusing Brando's 1972 Best Actor Award] Marlon Brando very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award. And the reason for this being is the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry.

Benicio Del Toro, Best Supporting Actor, Traffic
I won and I get to scream and jump a little. But I got to go back to work tomorrow.'

Jamie Foxx, Best Actor, Ray
[about his grandmother] She still talks to me now, only now she talks to me in my dreams. And I can't wait to go to sleep tonight because we have a lot to talk about. I love you.

Hilary Swank, Best Actress, Million Dollar Baby
I don't know what I did in this life to deserve all of this. I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream.

Louise Fletcher, 1976 Academy Awards
I'd like to thank Jack Nicholson for making being in a mental institution like being in a mental institution. I loved being hated by you.

Steven Spielberg, Best Director, Saving Private Ryan
Am I allowed to say I really wanted this? This is fantastic.

Angelina Jolie, Best Supporting Actress, Girl, Interrupted
I'm in shock. And I'm so in love with my brother right now, he just held me and said he loved me.

Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting
Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, 'Wonderful. Just have a back-up profession like welding.'

Dianne Wiest, Best Supporting Actress, Bullets Over Broadway
Gee, this isn't like I imagined it would be in the bathtub.

James Cameron, Best Director, Titanic
I am the king of the world!

Whoopi Goldberg, 1991 Academy Awards
As a little kid, I lived in the projects and you're the people I watched. You're the people who made me want to be an actor. I'm so proud to be here.

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