As we’re in the middle of awards season, and you’re planning watch parties, I wanted to share a few of my favorite Academy Awards Speeches from years past.
John Wayne, Best Actor for “True Grit”
“To all you people who are watching on television, thank you for taking such a warm interest in our glorious industry.”
Tom Hanks, Best Actor in “Philadelphia”
“I know that my work in this case is magnified by the fact that the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels.”
Hilary Swank, Best Actress in Million Dollar Baby”
”I’m just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream.”
Kim Basinger, Best Supporting Actress “L.A. Confidential”
“I just want to thank everybody I’ve ever met in my entire life.”
Robin Williams, Best Supporting Actor “Good Will Hunting”
”Thank you, Ben and Matt, I still want to see some ID. Thank you, Gus (Van Sant) for being so subtle you’re almost subliminal … and 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 backup profession, like welding.’ “
Meryl Streep, Best Actress “The Iron Lady”
Oh my god. Oh c’mon. Alright. Thank you so much. Thank you, thank you. When they called my name I’d had this feeling I could hear half of America going “oh no…oh c’mon…why…her…again?” But whatever. First I’m going to thank Don because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you’ve given me. And now secondly, my other partner: 37 years ago, my first play in New York City I met the great hairstylist and makeup artist Roy Helland and we worked together pretty continuously since the day we clapped eyes on each other. His first film with me was “Sophie’s Choice” and all the way up to tonight when he won for his beautiful work in “The Iron Lady,” 30 years later, every single movie in between. And I just want to thank Roy but also I want to thank – because I really understand I’ll never be up here again – I really want to thank all my colleagues, all my friends, I look out here and I see my life before my eyes, my old friends, my new friends and really this is such a great honor but the thing that counts the most with me is the friendships and the love and the sheer joy we have shared making movies together. My friends, thank you, all of you, departed and here for this inexplicably wonderful career. Thank you so much. Thank you.
How many times have you watched The Academy Awards, The Grammy’s, or The Golden Globes and thought about what you would say and who you would thank if you were on the stage? Most of us will never have the chance to express our appreciation to an audience of thousands, while millions watch on television.
Although, I’ll never have the chance to say thanks to my Mom in front of thousands of people or even one. If she was still living, I’d want to thank her for all the sacrifices she made as a parent, for showing us that love is unconditional, and providing us with encouragement when we needed it the most. Mom, I love you the mostest and I’m a better parent because I learned from the best! By the way, I know “mostest” isn’t a real word, but it was an expression we often used!
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