If you claim to have never practiced your Oscar speech in your reflection in the microwave, you’re a goddamn liar…or someone who I would like to never, ever know. Awards season in the Spotswood house meant that my mother and I would camp out in the upstairs “TV Room” and either approve or disapprove of the proceedings, the outfits, and the speeches. As a wildly unpopular, fashion and celebrity obsessed, chubby teen, my Oscar speech was usually a list of all the people who could go fuck themselves.
I still love a great Oscar speech, and in fact, revisit my #1 favorite when I need a solid mood boost. A great Oscar speech makes even the most cynical viewer crack a grin. Here’s hoping that at tomorrow’s Academy Awards, a winner matches the genuine joy and sheer sweetness of these Slow News Day favorites:
And then, we all forgot about him. Where the fuck is Cuba Gooding Jr.? And is it Cyuba? Or Cooba? Show me the pronunciation!
Remember when movie stars with this fucking classy? Jesus. Hanks in 2016.
“Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve wanted this. You don’t know.” Yes I do Whoopi! I am particularly psyched that she won for a comedic role, which is rarely recognized by the Academy.
I’m sorry to do that one to you, but it’s a great speech from a great man. You know, as speeches go, I would’ve thought PSH would have been too “serious actor” to get excited by winning. But he seems like not only a talented, but lovely, normal person.
Hands down, my absolute favorite. When I got dumped and thought I was dying of a broken heart, I would watch this and my tension would soften. Basically, this Oscar speech saved my life. Which, thank God, because Life is Beautiful. Happy Oscars, film lovers!