10 Great Oscars Speeches You Might Have Forgotten



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Meryl Streep is thanked more than God. Adrien Brody kissed Halle Berry that one time. These are the standard trivia trotted out year after year around awards season, and while the greatest Oscar moments are popular for a reason, we tend to think there are a lot more memories that might get left out.

This is a list of lesser-known speeches from Academy Awards past. Some of them are just cute little bits of fluffy joy; others are speeches that were groundbreaking in their day, but somehow don't get talked about much anymore. Read on if you're looking for something new to buzz about before the show this Sunday.


Mel Brooks, eternal crowd-pleaser
Pro tip: Use the "say what's in my heart" gag the next time you're trying to seriously annoy your significant other.


Marlon Brando declines via Sacheen Littlefeather
Brando made a lot of strong political statements in his time, and this was one of the most controversial. It's hard to imagine anything like this happening at the Oscars now.


Richard Attenborough keeps the message of Gandhi alive
A lot of really powerful movies win Oscars, but with the fanfare of red carpets and the pressure to thank anyone and everyone, the message can sometimes get left out. Attenborough made sure it didn't.


Francis McDormand reps "rich, complex" female characters
She is the coolest. Seriously, McDormand is definitely in the top 10 female celebrities we want to hang out with.


Dustin Lance Black's touching speech for Milk
If you watched this particular Awards ceremony, you couldn't possibly forget what is one of our favorite acceptance speeches of all time.


Cher for Moonstruck, because anything Cher does is great
She could've just stood up there in all her glittering glory, without saying a word, and we wouldn't have complained.


Tom Hanks shows love for AIDS victims
As we all know, a lot of progress has been made on the LGBTQ rights front since Philadelphia came out. Hanks' tearful speech was a mark of how monumental this movie was, and showcases the bravery of everyone who worked to tell this story.


Pedro Almodóvar promotes peace
Almodóvar has never, ever been one for pleasantries or skirting controversy. This speech was all the more relevant for the fact that it came just days after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. A bold move.


Kate Winslet shares a very public, very adorable moment with her dad
For the record, we would love to see some photos of her singing with a shampoo bottle as a kid.


Stanley Donan does the most charming musical number ever
Can you even with this guy? We've said it before and we'll say it again: The more impromptu musical numbers during the Oscars, the better.