Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Academy Awards Worst Acceptance Speeches: Through the Years

Most thespians dreams of, one day, winning an Academy Award. Actors and actresses spend countless hours fantasizing about getting to walk on stage to accept an Oscar and giving a fabulous acceptance speech. And for some lucky, as well as talented, actors, this dream becomes a reality.

Unfortunately, some actors don't get quite as lucky. Most actors will never get to place an Oscar upon their shelf, and some of those that do, give ridiculous speeches that the public makes fun of for years. Giving one of the Academy Awards worst acceptance speeches is not exactly what most thespians have in mind.

However, the public loves it. Let's be honest, watching the Academy Awards from your couch is not all that exciting. The Academy Awards worst acceptance speeches are sometimes the only thing that makes the awards shows worth watching. With that being said, some of the bad acceptance speeches are worse than others. Out of all of the hilariously terrible speeches, these are the worst:

1994:Tom Hanks Wins Best Actor for His Role in Philadelphia

Tom Hanks is a nice guy. So nice, in fact, that he thanked his retired drama teacher and a former classmate, calling them "two of the finest gay Americans, two wonderful men that I had the good fortune to be associated with."

While this sounds sweet, Hanks' drama teacher had not yet let the world know that he was a gay man. Talk about a bittersweet moment.

1998: Gwyneth Paltrow Wins Best Actress for Her Role in Shakespeare In Love

Gwyneth Paltrow was absolutely thrilled to win best actress. This was beyond apparent considering that she thanked her costars, the people at Miramax Films, her director, various famous actors and actresses, the crew, her agent, her mother, cousins, grandpa Buster, her brother, Jesus, and her "earthly guardian angel"

Needless to say, the speech was long winded and exceptionally boring. By the time she was done, half of the crowd was asleep.

That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but everyone was happy to see her get off the stage nonetheless.

1998: James Cameron Wins Best Director for Titanic

Titanic was a great movie. It made us laugh, made us cry, and made us want to fall in love. James Cameron's speech, on the other hand, made viewers want to change the channel.

Not only did he raise his hands and scream that he was "king of the world", but he practically admitted to being drunk. While the Academy Awards are time for celebration, they are not time to get on stage and make a fool of yourself--unless you want to end up on Academy Awards worst acceptance speech lists for years to come.

1999: Angelina Jolie Wins Best Supporting Actress for Her Role in Girl Interrupted

Girl Interrupted was a great movie and Angelina Jolie certainly deserved to be recognized for her portrayal of the completely insane Lisa Rowe. However, claiming to be in love with her brother during her acceptance speech was a little much. It might have been something her character had done, but someone probably should have let her know that she didn't have to be in character during her acceptance speech.

Also, considering that she has been photographed kissing her brother on the lips, the proclamation of love seemed really creepy. While Angelina Jolie is one of the most loved actresses in Hollywood, this speech definitely qualifies as one of the Academy Awards worst acceptance speeches.

2002: Halle Berry Wins Best Actress for Her Role in Monster's Ball

Halle Berry made African American women everywhere proud when she was the first to win an Academy Award. Unfortunately, during her speech, she cried--actually sobbed uncontrollably--on stage for over four minutes. This doesn't sound like a long time if you haven't seen the speech. If you have, you would know that it is almost painfully embarrassing to watch someone sob for that long.

A few tears would have been understandable, and even appreciated, but opening the floodgates was just too much. Either way, it was a big step for Halle Berry and a great honor, even if no one could understand her through her tears.

Bad acceptances speeches are great. With all of the poorly told jokes during the Academy Awards, it's refreshing to watch something that is actually funny. While this is only a short list of the worst speeches, most viewers hope that there are many more horrible speeches to come.

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