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Five Memorable Oscar Acceptance Speeches Throughout the Years

Posted on March 1, 2014 by
Adrien Brody smooches Halle Berry at the Oscars

Actors, they’re just like us.

While they may be dressed to the nines for Hollywood’s biggest night, the Oscars can sometimes call for some major celebrity blunders.

But despite the stumbles, F-bombs and awkward proclamations of love to your brother, the Oscars have also been a time to make a statement. Here are five memorable Academy Award speeches that are still talked about today.

Adrien Brody smooches Halle Berry after winning Best Actor:

In a year when he became the youngest person to win Best Actor, Adrien Brody was so surprised and delighted that he planted a big kiss on presenter Halle Berry. A historic win, Brody was clearly emotional, holding back tears as he talked about his role in The Pianist.

Sally Field is shocked that people like her:

“You like me. Right now, you like me!”

While accepting an Oscar for Places in the Heart, Sally Field was clearly overcome with emotion. But while the moment was definitely sweet for the actress (for this was her second Oscar after winning her first for Norma Rae), the speech is a bit cringe-worthy to watch and remains one of the most mocked.

Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman to win Best Director:

It’s hard to believe that no woman has ever won the Best Director award until Kathryn Bigelow in 2010 for The Hurt Locker. And to this day, she remains the only female to have ever won this award.

And while it’s undeniable that a lot of work still needs to be done to see more diversity at the Oscars, at least this was a huge step forward.

Michael Moore speaks out against the Iraq War:

Winning for Bowling for Columbine certainly had its perks. It allowed Michael Moore to take a stand along with his fellow nominees to speak out against the 2000 presidential election and his thoughts about the war in Iraq.

The often-controversial Moore was met with cheers and boos from the audience.  But like a trooper, he carried on with his message and showed gratitude for his Oscar win.

Marlon Brando boycotts the Oscars:

Despite winning Best Actor for The Godfather, Marlon Brando boycotted the 45th Academy Awards and named Sacheen Littlefeather to accept the award on his behalf. Littlefeather introduced herself as the president of the National Native American Affirmative Image Committee and told the audience that Brando was not there in protest of “the treatment of American Indians, today, by the film industry…and on television and movie reruns.”

Like Michael Moore’s, her speech was met with a mix of boos and applause. But it was brave of her to take a stand when racial politics remain a touchy topic among the Hollywood community.

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