11 Of The Best Awards Acceptance Speeches From Angelina Jolie’s Right Leg To Gwyneth Paltrow's Crying

11 January 2013 by

Gwyneth Paltrow Crying at Oscars

The red carpet. The dresses. The ‘kooky’ presenters, the tears and the race to get the gong. Yes, it’s that time of year again – the award season is upon us. And with a two woman race already on between Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain for the coveted best actress award, and Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman and Daniel Day-Lewis battling it out for best actor – it’s set to be a good one. And the best bit? THE SPEECHES.

In years past, we’ve enjoyed laughs, shocks, political campaigns (oh hai Michael Moore: 'Shame on you, Bush!') – and too many tears to count. In fact, there have been some pretty golden moments. Remember Angelina’s weird obsession with her brother? Yeah, whatever that was. And who could forget Adele giving the finger at the BAFTAs when her time in the limelight was cut short? While the stars frantically prepare their best ‘these-tears-are-real-if-only-my-late-hamster-could-see-me-now’ faces, we’re taking a look back at the best acceptance speeches of all time. Please, join us…

1. Angelina’s Right Leg – And Jim Rash's too...

Last year, Angelina Jolie's Right Leg shot to fame following its persistent appearance outside of Angie's heavy black velvet dress. It's determination to win recgonition in its own right worked: it immediately became the most talked about personality from the Oscars 2012, even attracting more than 40,000 followers on its very own Twitter. Especially after Jim Rash treated us to his impersonation whilst collecting the award for Best Screenplay for The Descendants...

2. Halle Berry does The Best Crying. Ever.

Halle Berry made history in 2002 after being the first African-American to win the gong for Best Actress. And (for good reason), she cried all over it.

3. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon...

...Because this reminds us that this uber talented pair are really just good mates, doing something they love. Underneath it all, THEY'RE JUST LIKE YOU AND ME. (Sort of.)

4. Gwyneth Paltrow is Crying With No Tears at you.

It's 1999. She's wearing that pink dress, she's clutching one hand on her newly acquired Oscar for Best Actress, and one hand painfully yet vulnerably set on her chest. The voice is breaking. She's sniffing. She sounds like she's actually crying, but miraculously, while she thanks everyone from Meryl Streep to 'Grandpa Buster', NO TEARS COME OUT. Best Actress? Give it back, Gwynnie.


Probably the weirdest acceptance speech in history. When Marlon Brando is awarded a gong for Best Actor in 1973, following his performance in The Godfather, he refuses to accept it. It gets weirder. Instead of attending himself, he sends Sacheen Littlefeather, a meek American-Indian girl on to the stage to refuse it for him. The reason? The treatment of American-Indians in the film and television industry.

6. Adele gives the finger. And tells us about her mucus.

When James Corden cut her off mid-speech, Adele didn't hesitate at giving the finger to the bosses controlling the show at last year's Brit Awards. It was a gesture that followed her teary acceptance speech following her win for Best Album at the Grammy's for 21, where she informed the audience about her nasal 'situation'. (She had 'a bit of snot', since you asked. You didn't? Come to think of it, we didn't either.) Still, somehow it makes us adore her even more...

7. Angelinas Jolie's weird obsession with her brother. And THAT kiss.

Siblings are nice, sure. Snog-your-face-off nice? Notsosure. Angelina hit the headlines when she kissed her brother and declared her love for him during her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress for Girl, Interrupted in 2000. Oh, and then again when she snogged him on the red carpet. Ew.


8. Amy Winehouse - THANKS.


9. Kate Winslet is out of breath for no reason.

Kind of goes like this: 'Gather, Kate. GATHER. Deep breath. Another deep breath. Another. And anoth- OH JUST STOP IT. Great, now she's crying.'

10. Colin Firth wants to dance at you.

Oh Colin. Mr Darcey. The King. He has 'stirrings' in his 'upper abdominal' that are 'threatening to turn themselves into dance moves', after winning Best Actor for his performance in The King's Speech in 2011. Just let them be free, Colin. We want to see you boogie.

And Derek Zoolander.


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