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10 Memorable Celebrity Acceptance Speeches

In Hollywood, they say that it’s an honor just to be nominated for an award, imagine winning one? Due to its prestige, only a select few ever know the actual honor of winning an award in the spotlight

In Hollywood, they say that it’s an honor just to be nominated for an award, imagine winning one? Due to its prestige, only a select few ever know the actual honor of winning an award in the spotlight. It’s the awards that are the most meaningful to each recipient, as they celebrate all of the hard work and dedication that each performer devoted into honing their craft. To the viewers at home, though, oftentimes it is the acceptance speech of that award which tends to be most memorable. As viewers have learned, giving a good speech live on stage is a much different beast than playing a character in a movie. Over the years, some stars have been criticized for giving speeches that were too sappy, and for others that were painfully dull or ran way too long. This list compiles 10 of the most memorable acceptance speeches showcased by the celebrities that were able to get it just right.

10 Matthew McConaughey

9 Marlon Brando & Sacheen Littlefeather

8 Joe Pesci

7 Asthon Kutcher

6 Charlie Chaplin

5 Jack Palance

4 Matt Damon And Ben Affleck

3 Adrien Brody

2 Cuba Gooding, Jr.

1 Roberto Benigni

English may be Roberto Benigni’s second language, but there was no misunderstanding his acceptance speech of sheer joy, after winning Best Foreign Film for his ever popular movie, Life Is Beautiful. As Benigni stood cheering on top of his seat, gleefully hopped up the steps, and poured his heart out at the microphone, the audience marveled with humble appreciation to see such a deserving talent so grateful for not only his award, but the beautiful journey that got him there. In his speech Benigni said, “And also I would like to thank my parents … They gave me the biggest gift of poverty and I want to thank them for the rest of my life.”

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