With the date for the 85th Academy Awards set for February 24th 2013, and the winner and nominee predictions already buzzing around one of the most-watched events in the world, we look back at some inspiring acceptance speeches made in the history of Oscar’s night.
Here are eight of our favorites that have stirred our hearts with their heartfelt honesty (even if the winners secretly rehearsed them twenty times beforehand!).
“No matter how far out your dreams are, it’s possible. Fair play to those who dare to dream and don’t give up. This song was written from a perspective of hope, and hope at the end of the day connects us all, no matter how different we are.”
Czech singer-songwriter Marketa Irglova, on winning Best Original Song for the independently produced film “Once” in 2008.
“I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being to prove that we are a human race. To prove that our love outweighs our need to hate. That our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame. That our sensitivity to those in need is stronger than our greed.”
Elizabeth Taylor calling upon the world to fight AIDS, after being awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic contributions and career in 1993.
“This is such an 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.”
Meryl Streep on winning her third Oscar, this time the Best Actress award for her role as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” in 2012.
“When you are in the ocean you must swim.” – Pedro Almodovar
Spanish director Pedro Almodovar puts it simply following his Best Foreign Film award for “All About My Mother” in 2000.
“I want to thank anyone who spends part of their day creating. I don’t care if it’s a book, a film, a painting, a dance, a piece of theater, a piece of music. Anybody who spends part of their day sharing their experience with us. I think the world would be unlivable without art.”
Steven Soderbergh dedicated his win to artists of all forms worldwide after he won Best Director for his film “Traffic” in 2001, which starred Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Benicio Del Toro.
“A young girl came up to me… and she said that I had encouraged her. And I just can’t forget that girl and I can’t forget the kids out there who may be thinking tonight that if he can do it, I can do it. So this is really a proud and hopeful moment for me because I want to thank the Academy for giving us a gift of encouragement and this is a gift, a great gift to me.”
Al Pacino recalls his moving encounter with a fan during his Best Actor win for “Scent of a Woman” back in 1992.
“God bless that potential that we all have for making anything possible if we think we deserve it.”
Shirley MacLaine celebrates her Best Actress win for the film “Terms of Endearment” in 1983, by highlighting the importance of believing that you are worthy of your dreams and desires.
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