If you thought some of this year’s Oscar races were tough to decide, now we are asking you to choose who gave the best speech at this year’s telecast. And it is a tough task as there were some colossal ones.
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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu: Best Director (“Birdman”)
The big winner of the night, may also have had the best speech, if not the funniest, when he picked up the helming prize: “Good luck charms work because at the DGA Awards I was wearing a Raymond Carver shirt, Billy Wilder tie, and I won. But tonight I am wearing the real Michael Keaton tighty-whities. They are tight but it work. I’m here. Thank you Michael.”
Patricia Arquette: Best Supporting Actress (“Boyhood“)
Sure her win was as predictable as her speech-on-paper but who could have predicted this ending: “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights it’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the united state of America!” A mic-drop moment that made all the winners to follow know to bring their “A” game to the stage.
Graham Moore: Best Adapted Screenplay (“The Imitation Game”)
He made a powerful and personal plea to future Oscar winners: “In this brief time here what I want to use it is to say this: When I was 16 years old I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here. So, I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes you do. I promise you do. Stay weird. Stay different. And then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the message to the next person that comes along. Thank you so much!”
Common and John Legend: Best Song (“Glory” from “Selma“)
They received a standing ovation after their performance and again after delivering this powerful message: “When people are marching with our song, we wanna tell you we are with you, we see you; we love you, and march on. God bless you.”