The most plausible achievement of an actor throughout their career is being nominated for an award, let alone being nominated for the most prestigious filming award, an Oscar!
Actually winning the golden statue, is simply another story, a dream come true, a once in a lifetime thing, a moment where you would want to say just the right things!
Some actors may have practiced their acceptance speeches, whilst some others just put their trust in their guts, aiming the authenticity of their outspoken personality!
There were some occasions where spontaneity along with improvisation went totally and utterly wrong!
Maybe some actors were taken aback from all this excitement, or maybe it was the bright light flashing directly into their faces? We will never know!
Whatever the case, some actors gave the most disorienting acceptance speeches, which left the viewers and audience saying: Oh honey, did you actually just say that?
Here are some of the worst ever acceptance speeches in the history of the Oscars!
It was the Oscars night of 1984 and Sally Field was about to take home her second statue, for the category of the best lead actress in the film Places in the Heart.
An amazed and awestruck Sally Field proceeded on stage to receive her award. She began by sharing her thanks and before wrapping up, whilst clutching her award, she dropped the following line in the highest pitch of voice:
I haven’t had an orthodox career and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it. And I can’t deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me! Thank you.
In the attempt of claiming self-worth and re-establishing her value as an actress, Sally only resembled an individual going through a phase of psychosis!
However, Mrs. Doubtfire actress didn’t lose her sense of humor and decided to embrace her mockery. Sally Field later used her infamous quote and trademark line You Like Me in an advertisement.
Talk about self-mockery!
James Cameron was no stranger to receiving Oscars, as the night of 1998, his movie Titanic had received, not 1, not 2 but 11 Oscars, sharing a world record for the film with the most-ever-received Oscars, along Ben Hur and Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King! – Amazing Right?
When he was called on stage to receive his second Academy Award for Best Director for his movie Titanic, the audience and the viewers thought that Cameron had it all figured out!
What seemed like a very humble speech, all of a sudden turned grinchy just before exiting the stage! The renowned film producer of Terminator and Battle Beyond The Stars started thanking his cast, nearly one by one, his family and his colleagues for the effort and commission everyone put in the film making. – Sounds good right!
Just after expressing his gratitude, Cameron quoted a line from the film itself, which was later characterized as very arrogant of him:
All I want to say is: I’m the king of the world! Before started barking and cheering for himself. – leaving us speechless and astonished to be uttering those words!
It was the Oscar night of 2011 and Melissa Leo finally heard her name being called on stage!
Two years prior she had been nominated for her Leading Role in the film Frozen River, but the night of 2011 was her night!
It was the night that she won the Best Performance by an Actress Award in a Supporting Role for the film Fighter.
As soon as her name was called out by Kirk Douglas, a dazzled Melissa, made her way to the stage to receive her award.
The flirting with 93-year-old legend Kirk Douglas, her awkwardness and long periods of sighs and exhales gave the impression that the actress indeed was punch-drunk! When it took her about 2 minutes to shift away from vowels and put together a few sentences, she let out the F word, which was a first for such a prestigious event!
She later apologized for offending anyone, but the beep word was already out!
Just when everybody thought that that was the end of her embarrassment, Melissa took Kirk’s cane acting like a lady!
A 73-year-old Jack Palance heard his name being called out by Whoopi Goldberg, at the 1992 Oscars night, for his supporting role in the film City Stickers.
Maybe it was because of his age, but the actor seemed well composed whilst making his way upstage. But his temperateness wasn’t meant to last long!
He started rambling on about the producer’s concerns casting a member of his age and to put everyone’s doubts aside he wanted to share his youth with the world!
He started doing one hand pushups, before the audience started laughing hysterically, some even making bawdy humor! Needless to say, he looked absolutely and utterly ludicrous!
In this incident, it wasn’t a matter of what the actor said, it was a mere matter of what the actor did!
Whatever the case may be, Jack managed to keep his acting profile alive for nearly 10 years after that!
Jack even patronized himself, recalling the day that the producer of his first ever film, predicted that Jack would one day win an Oscar and that [bang] 42 years later, it happened!
It was when Anne Hathaway received her golden statue for her role in Les Miserables, after losing her first and previous nomination for the film Rachel Getting Married.
When her name was called up on stage many speculated that she deserved another Oscar for her rehearsed acceptance speech!
Looking very surprised, truly honored and confounded to be finally winning the award only added fuel to her hypocrisy.
Being so well composed, demure and self-effacing only triggered tittle-tattle to the viewers, as paying too too many thanks to everyone, having the perfect speech, only looked very rehearsed and non-authentic.
The eminent pretense in Anne’s speech, was due to her prior contradicting interviews that she gave to the press.
Anne portrayed a more bragging demeanor and seemed to provoke with her bravado attitude stating that she was that good at Les Miserables that she gasped when she first saw her performance and just couldn’t hold her tears back.
Roberto Benigni was the first Italian to win an Oscar after Sophia Lauren, who had won an Oscar 40 years prior to that.
It was the year of 1998 and Roberto Benigni had won his first Oscar for the leading role in Life is Beautiful.
Maybe it was the overwhelming joy, or it could have been the language barrier. But who knows? What came out of his mouth sounded so wrong, inappropriate and a bit kinky!
The first words that came out of his mouth, were that giving him the Oscar was a terrible mistake, whilst also acknowledging that his English capacity would not allow him to express fully his gratitude.
In a very broken Italian accent, he said: I don’t deserve this, showing a sense of modesty.
What he later dropped, left the audience wondering whether it was an Italian saying or whether it was just the excitement and the jitters talking:
I would like to be Jupiter! And kidnap everybody and lie down in the firmament making love to everybody, because I don’t know how to express.
We are all just hoping that what he said was in full jest!
It was the peak of Angelina’s career and she was finally proclaimed one of the most renowned actresses, when she received her first Oscar in 1999, for her supporting role in Girl, Interrupted.
Dressed all in black, with her black, longer than long, straight locks, goth Angelina turned heads earlier that night, not for her unconventional Oscar outfit choice but for the hot snog she shared with a special somebody!
At the Oscars red carpet, the Tomb Raider actress made out with one very good looking man, who was none other than her brother!
Whilst everyone was still trying to slight off that incident, Angelina added more fuel to the fire, as the first thing that came out of her mouth in her acceptance speech, was how much in love she was with her brother!
She opened up her speech declaring her love for her brother and she wrapped it up again pronouncing the love for her brother:
I’m, I’m in shock and I’m so in love with my brother right now. He just held me and said he loved me and I know he’s so happy for me. And thank you for that […] And Jamie, this is, you’re just, I have nothing without you. You are the strongest, most amazing man I’ve ever known and I love you. And thank you so much.
And that is how you can hush an audience filled with thousands of people!
It was the Oscars night of 2016, and Common with John Legend were presenting the Best Original Song Award when they announced the winners Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith for Writing’s On The Wall for the film Spectre.
That is when singer Sam Smith felt that he had it more together and decided to do all the talking! We are sure he’s regretted it now!
Not being able to hide their exhilaration, the singer had the best of intentions when he proceeded to announce his gratitude while also trying to send a message and make a point for the LGBT community.
What he continued to claim was however imprecise and inaccurate, as holding his golden statue high, he said that he was the first ever openly-gay man to receive such an award.
That was further from the truth, as the Dancing With A Stranger singer was referring to an article he had read, where Sir Ian McKellen once said that no openly-gay man had ever won an Oscar.
What was funny though, is that the Gandalf actor was referring to the category of the Best Actor, only!
Sam Smith later proceeded to apologize whilst also being shamed by openly – gay screenwriter Dustin Lance Black who won the Best Adapted Screenplay award in 2009 for Milk.
Some other real examples of openly gay people to have won an Oscar include Jodie Foster and Sir Elton John.
Marlon Brando won the Oscar for the Best Leading Actor in the movie the Godfather in 1972, but decided to convey a message by not showing up!
When his name was called up by Liv Ullmann and Roger Moore, a Native American woman, Sacheen Littlefeather headed towards the stage to receive the golden statue, on behalf of the actor.
When the statue was handed over to her, she didn’t conceal the fact that she did not want to receive it. She proceeded to make her very political acceptance speech which left the audience very divided!
As an actress and an activist for the Native American rights, Sacheen Littlefeather (aka Marie Cruz) intended to make a statement regarding the issues of the Native Americans. The gist of her speech projected the mistreatment of American Indians by the film industry.
Whilst some of the audience was booing the actress, some of them were applauding her boldness for opining her views.
However, going political on such a prestigious night, was not the greatest idea and did not sit well with politicians! It only infuriated the government and the actress was blacklisted from all movies in Hollywood!
It wasn’t just Marie Cruz’s career that came to an end, but also some of the Oscar policies. That night was a game-changer for the Oscars, as it was later banned for someone else to be receiving the award on behalf of somebody else, and refusing the award was also widely forbidden.
A very timid and vigilant of the Oscars policy, Jane Fonda won her first Oscar in 1972 for the best leading actress in Klute.
Some actors are mindful and conscious of not blabbing too much, at their acceptance speech, and are always alert of the permitted time frame and want to wrap up their speech, as elegantly as possible.
Jane Fonda might have taken this policy literally at heart, or she was probably too shy. What is sure is that Fonda executed a swift, hurried and faster than the speed of light acceptance speech, uttering no more than 3 very short sentences!
After the audience applauded, the actress very tastefully kept it as short as possible by saying:
Thank you. Thank you very much, members, of the Academy. And thank all of you who applauded. There’s a great deal to say and I’m not going to say it tonight. I would just like to really thank you very much.
And that is how the Oscars night, back in 1972, finished 10 minutes earlier than intended!
It was the year of 1963 and the film industry was still making black and white films and Patty Duke had just won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Miracle Worker.
The audience was cheering, applauding louder than thunder. It was truly ballistic!
A blown away, taken aback actress, Patty tries to make her way onstage through the commotion. As soon as she received the statue, the actress very gracefully waited for the crowd to fall silent so that she could give her acceptance speech.
The actress’ excitement and emotion could be drawn in her eyes and she was without a doubt truly honored. As soon as the audience’s applauds allayed, the actress, to everyone’s disbelief uttered just 2 words: Thank you!
Patty quickly made her way backstage, which left us all baffled! All this excitement and noise for 2 words? At least she looked sincere!
It is the case where we say, it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it!
Shifting from the shortest to the longest speech in the history of speeches!
It was the year of 1943 and Greer Garson was prouder than ever for herself for having just won the Oscar for Best Lead Actress for her role in Mrs. Miniver!
The actress very modestly made her way to receive her award and her acceptance speech sounded well-grounded as she was sharing her thanks to the crowd.
However, in the minute to follow, the actress started rumbling on, on how great of a job she had done for the role and that she had won the golden statue out of self-righteousness.
The self-boasting continued not for 1, not 2 but for 5 more minutes, making it a 6-minute speech and the longest ever acceptance speech in history!
Some people just can’t stop talking about themselves!
Roger Ross Williams
We thought that it was only Kanye West’s thing to barge in, on an award receipt and ruin the moment for the winner!
No, apparently there are more people who would have the spunk to upstage someone in the midst of probably one of the greatest moments in their career!
This happened to Roger Ross Williams on the 2009 Oscar’s night when he won the award for Best Documentary Short. All seemed to be going smoothly when within the minute, Williams was cut off by co-producer Elinor Burkett.
She was down the stage and was trying to pull the microphone so she could have a go. She was talking over Williams trying to outshine the producer.
And that is how the moment was gone!
The award was later shared between the two, but still, it remains an embarrassing and unpleasant scene in the Oscars and it definitely did not look good for Elinor!