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top 5 best acceptance speeches at the Oscars

Glen Hansard (winner for Best Original Song, “Falling Slowly,” from Once):
Thanks! This is amazing. What are we doing here? This is mad. We made this film two years ago. We shot on two Handycams. It took us three weeks to make. We made it for a hundred grand. We never thought we would come into a room like this and be in front of you people. It’s been an amazing thing. Thanks for taking this film seriously, all of you. It means a lot to us. Thanks to the Academy, thanks to all the people who’ve helped us, they know who they are, we don’t need to say them. This is amazing. Make art. Make art. Thanks.
Markéta Irglová (winner for Best Original Song, “Falling Slowly,” from Once):
Hi everyone. I just want to thank you so much. This is such a big deal, not only for us, but for all other independent musicians and artists that spend most of their time struggling, and this, the fact that we’re standing here tonight, the fact that we’re able to hold this, it’s just to prove no matter how far out your dreams are, it’s possible. And, you know, fair play to those who dare to dream and don’t give up. And 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. And so thank you so much, who helped us along way. Thank you.

Tilda Swinton (winner for Best Supporting Actress for Michael Clayton):
Oh, no. Happy birthday, man. I have an American agent who is the spitting image of this. Really truly the same shape head and, it has to be said, the buttocks. And I’m giving this to him because there’s no way I would be in America at all ever on a plane, if it wasn’t for him. So, Brian Swardstrom, I’m giving this to you. And Tony Gilroy walks on water, it’s entirely official as far as I’m concerned, and Jen Fox and Steve Samuels, our incredible producers. And Sydney Pollack, and George Clooney, you know, the seriousness and the dedication to your art, seeing you climb into that rubber bat suit from “Batman & Robin,” the one with the nipples, every morning under your costume, on the set, off the set, hanging upside-down at lunch, you rock, man. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Diablo Cody (winner for Best Original Screenplay for Juno):
What is happening? This is for the writers, and I want to thank all the writers. I especially want to thank my fellow nominees because I worship you guys and I’m learning from you every day, so thank you very much. I want to thank the Academy, I want to thank Fox Searchlight, Mr. Mudd, Mandate, Dan Dubiecki. I want to thank our incredible cast including the superhuman Ellen Page. I want to thank Jason Reitman, who I consider a member of my family, and I’m in awe of his talent as a filmmaker. I want to thank Sarah Self. I want to thank Mason Novick who knew I could do this before I did. And most of all, I want to thank my family for loving me exactly the way I am.

Brad Bird (winner for Best Animated Feature for Ratatouille):
I think I’m gonna throw up, too. I want to thank the Academy and I also want to thank my junior high guidance counselor for a meeting we had where he asked me, “What do you want to do with your life?” And I said, “I want to make movies.” And he said, “What else do you want to do with your life?” And I said, “Make movies,” and he said, “What if you couldn’t make movies,” and I said, “I’d find a way that I could.” “What if movies didn’t exist?” “I’d have to invent them.” And it went on like this until we were sick of each other and I only realized just recently that he gave me the perfect training for the movie business. So, I want to thank my wife Liz, who I love, my sons, all the dreamers at Pixar and Disney, John Lasseter, Steve Jobs, Ed Catmull. Wrap it up. I hate that thing. Producer Brad Lewis, Jan Pinkava, and Dick Cook, and all the dreamers who are supporting a rat who dreams. Thanks.

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  • Yeah, I think Brad Bird’s was my favorite acceptance speech too.

  • JT

    Markéta Irglová’s speech was so wonderful. When the music started playing the first time she was on stage, she didn’t even seem upset. She was still smiling as she walked away. And then when Jon called her back on (great move!), she didn’t ramble on knowing that they probably wouldn’t play her off. She kept it sweet and short and inspirational.

    I also loved Javier Bardem speaking Spanish to his mum.

  • A Guy

    I’d add the acceptance speech of Marion Cotillard? It was my favorite, hands down.

  • There weren’t many memorable acceptance speeches last night, but I thought Marion Cotillard’s was the best.

  • Adrian Eaton

    And the other Producer for No Country – I’m still trying to find a transcript – but I think he thanked his male lover by name and affirmation, but so off the cuff that it’s only after the event that I realized what he’s said.

    But all praise to Alex Gibney for not allowing America to forget that that it does even when it pretends otherwise.

  • Andrew

    Why did you leave out the bit in Hansard’s speech that was as Gaeilge?

  • Drave

    I wonder what happened with Marketa. The impression I got was that the show’s director (or whatever you call it at the Oscars) jumped the gun with the music cue. I thought Jon looked really pissed when Marketa was cut off. I feel like Jon ran offstage during the commercials and yelled at somebody, and then gave her some of his scripted joke time. I wonder if that is the case. Personally, I’d like to think Marketa coming back was entirely Jon’s doing, because it seems like the kind of thing he would do. He seemed very emotional tonight.

  • MaryAnn

    Why did you leave out the bit in Hansard’s speech that was as Gaeilge?

    I don’t remember that, and it wasn’t in the official transcript from AMPAS that I used.

    What did he say?

  • Andrew

    “Go raibh míle, míle maith agat”- Thank you very, very much.


  • “Go raibh míle, míle maith agat”

    really, more like: a hundred thousand thanks, upon you.

  • Pedro

    yeah, i see how you would consider Marketá’s speech “inspirational”. i scoff upon it. but that’s because i’m a disillusioned bastard. that’s just me. but if that was a monologue in a movie, i bet you’d all rag on it no end.

    think about that.

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