Best Oscar Speeches

The Top Ten
1 Tom Hanks for Philadelphia

I personally felt that with all the religious references that he made that it might be too preachy for some but I respect his beliefs and say that his speech is nothing but pure emotion from him and is by far and away the most emotional and heartfelt acceptance speech I have seen. You can also watch him talk about Philadelphia on Inside the actors studio and you will see the same emotions from him and feel how it makes him feel that so many actors that he worked with are no longer among us and how hard it is for him to go back and watch the film because of it, both occasions are absolutely tearjerking.

"I know that my work in this case is magnified by the fact that the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels. We know their names. They number a thousand for each one of the red ribbons that we wear here tonight. They finally rest in the warm embrace of the gracious creator of us all, a healing embrace that cools their fevers, that clears their skin, and allows their eyes to see the simple, self-evident commonsense truth that is made manifest by the benevolent creator of us all. "

2 Charlie Chaplin at the 44th Academy Awards, Honorary Oscar

"Oh, thank you so much. This is an emotional moment for me, and words seem so futile, so feeble. I can only say that - thank you for the honor of inviting me here, and, oh, you're wonderful, sweet people. Thank you. "

3 Sacheen Littlefeather [refusing Brando's 1972 Best Actor Award]

"Marlon Brando very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award. And the reason for this being is the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry. "

4 Hattie McDaniel for Gone with the Wind (became the first black performer to win an Oscar)

"I sincerely hope I shall always be a credit to my race and to the motion picture industry. My heart is too full to tell you just how I feel, and may I say thank you and God bless you. "

5 Clint Eastwood, Best Director, Million Dollar Baby

"There are a lot of great movies that have won the Academy Award, and a lot of great movies that haven't. You just do the best you can"

6 Adrien Brody for The Pianist

"there comes a time in life when everything seems to make sense and this is not one of those times"
"This film would not be possible without the blue print provided by Wladyslaw Szpilman. And this is a tribute to his survival. "
"I'd like to thank Roman Polanski for the role of a lifetime. "
"whomever you believe in, if it's God or Allah, may He watch over you, and let's pray for a peaceful and swift resolution. Thank you"

7 Paul Williams for "Evergreen" from A Star is Born

"I was going to thank all the little people, but then I remembered I am the little people. "

8 Mickey Rooney accepting an Honorary Oscar in 1982

"When I was 19 years old, I was the number one star of the world for two years; when I was 40, nobody wanted me - I couldn't get a job. "

9 Russel Crowe for Gladiator
10 A.R.Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire

'Ella pugazhum iraivanukke!'
Which means "Praise be to the Almighty"

The Contenders
11 Cuba Gooding Jr. for Jerry Maguire

"I love you! Tom Cruise! I love you, brother! I love you, man!... Everybody, I love you. I love you all. Cameron Crowe! James L. Brooks! James L. Brooks, I love you. Everybody who's involved with this, I love you. I love you. Everybody involved. "

12 Whoopi Goldberg for Ghost

"As a little kid, I lived in the projects and you're the people I watched. You're the people who made me want to be an actor. I'm so proud to be here. "

13 Tom Hanks for Forrest Gump
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