9 of the most memorable Oscars speeches


9 of the most memorable Oscars speeches
Not all Oscars speeches are snooze fests!

There’s so much to love about the Oscars. The stars, the glamour, the gowns – and the awards, of course!

Along with the statuettes being handed out come some memorable speeches. We take a look back at some of the best lines to be delivered by Oscar winners over the years.

Hilary Swank - Oscars speech
Actress Hilary Swank wipes a tear as she accepts the Oscar for best actress at the 77th Academy Awards in Hollywood, February 27, 2005.

“I’m just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream. I never thought this would ever happen, let alone be nominated. And a working actor, for that matter. And now, this. ”

– Hilary Swank

British actress Kate Winslet, winner of best actress for “The Reader” gestures towards her father during her acceptance speech during the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2009. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

“I’d be lying if I hadn’t made a version of this speech before, I think I was probably eight years old and staring into the bathroom mirror. And this would’ve been a shampoo bottle. Well, it’s not a shampoo bottle now!”

– Kate Winslet

Lupita Nyong’o, best supporting actress winner for her role in “12 Years a Slave”, speaks on stage at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

– Lupita Nyong’o

Robin Williams holds his Oscar after winning best performance by an actor in a supporting role March 23 at the 70th Annual Academy Awards. Williams won for his role in “Good Will Hunting.” Photo Credit: REUTERS

“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.'”

– Robin Williams

Cate Blanchett speaks on stage after she won best actress for her work in ‘Blue Jasmine” at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

“To the audiences who went to see it, and perhaps those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the centre are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. So… The world is round, people!”

– Cate Blanchett

Patricia Arquette speaks after winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Boyhood”
at the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2015. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Mike Blake

“To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

– Patricia Arquette

Christopher Plummer, accepts the Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in “Beginners” at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 26, 2012. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

“You’re only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all my life?”

– Christopher Plummer

Actress Jennifer Lawrence falls as she walks up the steps to accept the award for best actress for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook” at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

“I know you’re only standing up because you feel bad that I fell.”

– Jennifer Lawrence

Sandra Bullock accepts the award for best actress for “The Blind Side” during the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

Finally, Sandra Bullock in her 2010 Best Actress speech for “The Blindside” said: “Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?”.


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