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These Oscar Speeches Will Make You Laugh, Cry & Cringe

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    Right this very moment, the chosen ones in Hollywood are carefully considering their words, listing every agent and publicist, and jotting down some witty asides onto index cards, which they will carefully tuck inside a jacket pocket or Swarovski-embellished evening bag. If there's ever a time to ensure your public-speaking skills are on point, it's Oscars night.

    The pressure is high. We all have a tendency to remember the things people say and do up there behind the podium. We remember who made us weep, who rambled, who bored, who inspired, and who just completely lost their shit. From goth Angelina professing her love for her brother and Jamie Foxx doing his Ray Charles bit, to Cuba Gooding Jr. practically cartwheeling onto the stage and Halle Berry sobbing openly, there have been so many memorable Oscar moments. Will anyone on Sunday night be able to compete?

    In preparation for the Academy Awards this weekend, we're offering a look at the speeches we remember most. Some of them are funny, some poignant, and some are just downright crazy — watch and enjoy.

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    The Tearjerker: Halle Berry, 2002

    You can't blame Berry for getting weepy. Her win for Monster's Ball made her the first Black woman to win a Best Actress Oscar. We dare you to watch this clip without welling up and giving her your own standing ovation. Bonus: There's a Vivica Fox shout-out.

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    Most Bromantic: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, 1998

    The hugging of the moms. The embrace with Robin Williams (sob). The frat-tastic shouting. Dignified? No. Adorable? Yes.

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    Most Inflammatory: Michael Moore, 2003

    The next time your Red Stater uncle goes on a rant about the liberals in Hollywood, pull up this video of Moore getting booed as he trashes George W. Bush. The presentation for Best Documentary Feature has never been so exciting.

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    The Golden Girl: Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999

    This girl really, really loves her family. Mock her tears all you want, but we think it's touching.

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    Best YOLO Moment: Adrien Brody, 2003

    When you're a fairly unknown actor who just beat Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Caine, and Nicholas Cage to the Best Actor Oscar, you're probably feeling pretty invincible. So, why not make out with Halle Berry?