20 Quotes From History’s Most Memorable Oscar Speeches

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20 Quotes From History’s Most Memorable Oscar Speeches

20 Quotes From History’s Most Memorable Oscar Speeches


As we close in on the final few weeks before this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, nominees are most certainly penning their hopeful speeches. Will this year’s winners appear humble, ecstatic, flustered, or tearful? There’s no telling until those names are announced, but some of the most memorable speeches have featured a drop of humor. Here are quotes from Oscar winners of years past:

1. Ben Affleck, 1997: “I just said to Matt [Damon], ‘Losing would suck and winning would be really scary.’ And it’s really, really scary.”

2. Meryl Streep, 2012: “When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, ‘Oh no. Come on … Her, again?’ You know. But, whatever.”

3. Halle Berry, 2000: “This moment is so much bigger than me. It’s for every nameless, faceless woman of colour that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened.”

4. Dianne Wiest, 1987: “Gee, this isn’t like I imagined it would be in the bathtub.”

5. Grace Kelly, 1955: “This is one night I wish I smoked and drank.”

6. Hilary Swank, 2004: “I’m just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream. I never thought this would ever happen.”

7. Michael Caine, 1999: “And to Tom Cruise, for if you had won this, your asking price would have gone down so fast. Do you have any idea what supporting actors get paid? We get only one trailer, a small one, in the back.”

8. Charlie Chaplin, 1971: “Words seem so futile, so feeble. You are all such lovely, beautiful people … thank you.”

9. Daniel Day-Lewis, 1989: “You’ve just provided me with the makings of one hell of a weekend in Dublin.”

10. John Wayne, 1979: “Oscar and I have something in common. Oscar first came to Hollywood scene in 1928. So did I. We’re both a little weather-beaten, but we’re still here and plan to be around for a whole lot longer.” (Wayne died 2 months later.)

11. Sandra Bullock, 2010: “Did I really earn this, or did I just wear you all down?”

12. Paul Williams, 1977: “I was going to thank all the little people, but then I remembered I am the little people.”

13. 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!”

14. Aaron Sorkin, 2011: “Roxy Sorkin, your father just won the Academy Award. I’m going to have to insist on some respect from your guinea pig.”

15. Cate Blanchett, 2004: “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?”

16. Jessica Yu, 1997: “What a thrill. You know you’ve entered new territory when you realize that your outfit cost more than your film.”

17. Robin WIlliams, 1998: “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.'”

18. James Cameron, 1997: “I am king of the world!”

19. Jennifer Lawrence, 2013: “You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that’s really embarrassing. But thank you. This is nuts!”

20. Jack Nicholson, 1976: “I guess this proves there are as many nuts in the Academy as anywhere else.”


Related topics Ben Affleck, Charlie Chaplin, Daniel Day Lewis, Halle Berry, Jack Nicholson, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Oscars, speeches
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