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Oscar award acceptance speeches move our hearts

Posted February. 25, 2015 07:36,   


"In 1971, Bossier City, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard and to do something special. That girl is my mother and she`s here tonight.” Jared Leto`s acceptance speech for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2014 touched many people`s hearts quietly but deeply.

Every year, Academy Award Ceremony garners a lot of attention with acceptance speeches that make people laugh and admire. James Cameron, the director of the "Titanic" that won 11 Oscars in 1998, exclaimed, "I`m king of the world!" Director Michael Moore said in his 2003 Oscar acceptance address for Best Documentary Film, “We are against this war. Shame on you, Mr. Bush. Shame on you!” Normally, the acceptance speech must be put to an end within 45 seconds. But for winners of major Oscars or for heart-moving addresses, sometimes 2-3 minute long speeches are allowed. Unlike lame speeches delivered by Korean celebrities at domestic movie festivals or award ceremonies, listing up thank you messages to the entertainment company CEOs, movie directors, or families and fans, Oscar acceptance speeches are short but strong performance by itself.

At the 87th Academy Awards held on Monday, winners presented a series of great acceptance speeches containing social issues such as sexual discrimination and suicide of immigrants. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Mexican director of the "Birdman" that won four Oscars this year, gave philosophic speech. “The paradox is that true art, true individual expression as all the work of these incredible fellow filmmakers can`t be compared, can`t be labeled, can`t be defeated because they exist, and our work can only be judged always by time.”

Screenwriter Graham Moore’s acceptance speech after winning the Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Imitation Game," which depicted life of genius mathematician Alan Turing, was the best speech at Monday`s Oscars. Moore started his speech with confession, "I tried to commit suicide at 16 and now I`m standing here.” The screenwriter said he felt weird and different from others, and thought he didn’t belong to anywhere. Moore continued with this message of consolation to isolated teenagers, who are feeling weird as he did when he was young. “Stay weird, Stay different.” Moore’s message that it is okay to be weird and different, love yourself as who you are, is now spreading fast throughout social media.