The Ten Best Oscar Speeches Of All Time

We take a look back at the ten best Oscars speeches of all time
Sam Eaton
Fri, April 23, 1:16 PM EDT

The Best & Funniest Oscars Acceptance Speeches Of All Time

Let’s be honest, Oscars speeches can be a snooze-fest, and are now largely an opportunity for an individual to preach their political opinions to the masses. However, every now and again we get an absolute gem.

We’ve had some cracking Oscars speeches in the past. Below we have listed our top ten Oscars acceptance speeches, which includes some of the funniest Oscars speeches you’ll ever listen to.

10th Best Oscars Speech In History: Melissa Leo – The Fighter 2011

It was pretty obvious Melissa Leo wasn’t expecting to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for The Fighter in 2011. Her acceptance speech was probably one of the most sincere Oscars speech in history.

Mellissa Leo was completely speechless, but she drew plenty of laughs from the Oscars audience when she famously said “When I watched Kate two years ago it looked so f**king easy” before exclaiming “Oops”.

It’s certainly not the funniest Oscars acceptance speech we’ve ever witnessed, but you can’t help feel truly happy for Mellissa Leo.

9th Best Oscars Speech In History: Robin Williams – Good Will Hunting 1998

You’d fully expect Robin Williams to give one of the funniest and greatest Oscars acceptance speeches in history. Williams won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting, and delivered one of the most moving but hilarious Oscars speeches.

The speech was pretty short, but was delivered in true Robin Williams style, and we are sure it’s many peoples favorite Oscars speech to date.

8th Best Oscars Speech In History: Cuba Gooding Jr – Jerry Maguire 1997

Jerry Maguire is up there with one of the best sports films of all time, and quite rightly so Cuba Gooding Jr won Best Supporting Actor for his crucial role in the film

Cuba Gooding Jr passion was clear to see as he refused to be shut down by the music, the music to move him off stage started to play, but he continued his acceptance speech and thanked everyone he could think off.

Cuba Gooding Jr’s joy was obvious to see, and was very well received by the onlooking crowd.

7th Best Oscars Speech In History: Jack Palance – City Slickers 1992

Oscars acceptance speeches can leave the audience in tears or even inspired, or they can leave them in hysterics. Jack Palance opted for the comedic options when winning Best Supporting Actor for his role in City Slickers.

The 73-year-old even dropped to the stage for some one-arm push-ups during his Oscars speech.

6th Best Oscars Speech In History: Sally Field – Place In The Heart 1985

Sally Field’s Oscars acceptance speech has become part of Oscars history, and is possible one of the most famous to date.

Sally Field won Best Actress for Place In The Heart in 1985. Famous quotes from the Sally Field acceptance speech include “You Like Me” and “I haven’t had an orthodox career and I wanted more than anything to have your respect”.

The acceptance speech was honest, funny and heart-warming.

5th Best Oscars Speech In History: Julia Roberts – Erin Brockovich 2000

Like Cuba Gooding Jr, Julia Roberts wasn’t going to allow the organisers cut short her moment in the spotlight.

Julia Roberts won Best Actress for her role in Erin Brockovich. Julia Roberts was in the middle of a lot of thank you’s during her acceptance speech, before saying “Stick man I see you”. She then burst into laughter and said “I love it up here”.

4th Best Oscars Speech In History: Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt & Fred Berger – Best Picture 2017

One of the biggest blunders in Oscars history came in 2017, when presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the wrong winner for Best Picture.

The eventual winner was Moonlight, however, the announces were given a card which said La La Land had won the award.

Accounting firm PWC were in charge of handing out the Oscars ballot card, later apologised for the mistake. However, they created one of the most memorable Oscars moment in history.

3rd Best Oscars Speech In History: Halle Berry – Monsters Ball 2002

Halle Berry delivered probably one of the most emotional and important Oscars acceptance speeches in recent history.

Berry made history when becoming the first black woman to win an Oscars for Best Actress; she won the award for her role in Monster’s Ball.

Halle Berry was clearly overwhelmed, and stated “This moment is so much bigger than me. This is for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door has been opened”.

A truly memorable Oscars speech.

2nd Best Oscars Speech In History: Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine, 2014

Cate Blanchett certainly made the list of funniest Oscars speech when collecting the award for Best Actress for her role in Blue Jasmine in 2014.

Cate Blanchett singled out fellow nominees for both praise and littered jabs, which went down a storm with the on-looking audience.

Blanchett then went on to say “those in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not, audiences want to see them and in fact, they earn money”.

1st Best Oscars Speech In History: Tom Hanks – Philadelphia 1994

Who else but Tom Hanks! Tom Hanks is probably one of the most liked people in Hollywood, and his acceptance speech way back in 1994 shows exactly why.

Hanks won Best Actor for his role in Philadelphia. Tom Hanks thanked all the regular people you’d expect in a Oscars acceptance speech, but also thanked his homosexual high school drama teacher and one of his classmates. Hanks began to tear up when he sates that “the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels”.

It was later discovered that Hanks had unintentionally outed both his drama teacher and classmate.

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