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What were the the best, funniest, most memorable Oscar acceptance speeches ever?

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    Redgrave’s speech was wilfully misinterpreted by many. The “small bunch of Zionist hoodlums” specifically referred to members of the Jewish Defense League who had protested her nomination, picketed the Oscars and burned effigies of her because of her support of the Palestine Liberation Organization. From what I’ve read, there was even a genuine fear that someone from the Defense League might assassinate her. But her words were taken as a generic antisemitic slur. In light of all this, Chayefsky’s public finger-wagging doesn’t sit well with me at all.

    Still, there’s no denying Redgrave was problematic politically; I’m referring specifically to her activities back home with the Workers Revolutionary Party.

    I’ve read there was a big feeling backstage from the network, producers, Bob Hope, and or Academy officials (or some combination there of) that someone had to address Redgrave’s speech. Chayefsky volunteered or was drafted to do it.

    Do you really think it was wilfully misinterpreted or that the audience just didn’t grasp the nuance of who she was talking about? The response to Chayefsky is mixed. Arthur Laurents applauds fiercely and then turns to Shirley MacLaine who sits there not clapping and says “no.” Neil Simon and Marsha Mason clap but they were friends of Chayefsky.

    The odd thing is that in the Academy sponsored youtube clip they have edited the audience reaction. As Redgrave talks they cut to a woman who sort of looks like Rhea Pearlman (I don’t know who she is.) If you watch the actual telecast they cut to Goldie Hawn who just sits there expressionless. I don’t know why they changed it like that.

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    All of the Schindler’s List acceptance speeches made me bawl my eyes out.

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    Robin Williams’ acceptance speech for Good Will Hunting is one of the most poignant acceptance speeches I’ve ever seen, and it’s even more poignant now that he’s no longer alive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6Egi5V_jNU

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    Greer Garson’s 5 minute-long acceptance speech in 1943 is the reason why there is a time limit for speakers to this very day (although there’s talk about that limit being removed for tomorrow’s ceremony). In that speech, she thanked a huge number of people, including the doctor who delivered her at birth.

    On a side note, if I recall correctly Halle Berry’s acceptance speech in 2002 was the second-longest acceptance speech ever.

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