Top 10 Most Memorable Oscar Speeches

And the Oscar goes to ... someone who needs a new speech writer and a valium. 

We love the awkward camera pans to nominees at the Oscars, where they pretend they don’t care if they win and that they’re just honoured to be nominated. And then the overdone laugh and forced smile when someone else wins.

But more notable is the complete disregard many winners have for stage etiquette; on the flipside, there are the occasional few who show extraordinary class. This list mainly deals with the former, namely some of the most interesting/memorable/odd/brave/silly Oscar speeches.


10. Adrien Brody, Best Actor -  The Pianist

Who can forget that kiss with Halle Berry? I’ve always suspected she wanted to knee him in the groin, but kudos to Ms Berry for just going with it. That and I kind of like Adrien Brody, because besides being humble and thanking his family for about half an hour, he was just so damn excited then stunned and thanked God by acknowledging just about every religion. So he threw in a message of tolerance for good measure.

9. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, Best Song, 'Falling Slowly' - Once

If only just to hear Glen Hansard jitter his way through a thank you speech and say ‘ting’ instead of ‘thing’, and give last-minute advice to ‘make art’, and to see how Marketa Irglova doesn’t get a word in, it’s worthy of a place in the top 10.

Then host Jon Stewart (sigh) cracks a joke and tells Marketa to come back out and enjoy her moment. Which she does, with incredible sincerity and poise.

Be single, Jon, dammit.

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  • cloudstreet's avatar
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    Thursday 14 Feb 2013 - 8:14 AM
    Bruce Springsteens's speech accepting for Best Son (Philadelphia) was humble, passionate, from the heart and so in contrast to to the glittter and superficiality of most of the rest of that year's awards. I will always remember him declaring his faith in the power of music to change the world.
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