Whether Sunday’s winners at the 2016 Oscars were surprises or somewhat predictable, some Academy Awards recipients distinguished themselves with the best acceptance speeches. Do you agree with our five choices as the most outstanding on stage?
1. Alejandro G. Inarritu, Best Directing for “The Revenant“
In a year where a lack of diversity was the central focus, Inarritu gave a great feel of optimism about the future. Speaking about being seen beyond the color of one’s skin, like it was said in the movie, was a truly moving moment for the ceremony’s tail end.
2. Mark Rylance, Best Supporting Actor for “Bridge of Spies“
For a ceremony that was filled with awkward moments, I expected Rylance to add to them with one of his strange Tony Awards moments from the past decade. After his shocking win over Sylvester Stallone, Rylance gave a wonderfully measured acceptance speech, graciously thanking director Steven Spielberg and lead actor Tom Hanks.
3. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Best Documentary Short for “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness“
For a film this powerful, Obaid-Chinoy gave an equally powerful speech. She demonstrated the true effectiveness of film when she talked about how her film has gotten the president of Pakistan to re-evaluate the policy in the country regarding honor killings. That is truly unbelievable!
4. Colin Gibson, Best Production Design for “Mad Max: Fury Road“
Gibson gave a lot of great life to the usually boring technical categories when he described his film as “a man with mental health issues, an amputee Amazon, and five runaway sex slaves.” It then makes sense that he would list these wins as evidence of “diversity.” Bravo, Mr. Gibson!
5. Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala, Best Animated Short for “Bear Story“
They may not have spoken perfect English, but Osorio and Escala were both equally moving when accepting their trophies. Bringing up parental memories and honoring their home country of Chile showed that even the awards for mostly unseen films can be just as moving as the blockbuster categories.
Photo Credit: Mark Rylance and Alejandro G. Inarritu by Jim Smeal/REX Shutterstock.