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20 Incredibly Inspiring Oscar Acceptance Speech Quotes

The big awards can be almost as entertaining as the movies they celebrate. Read these gems from favorite acceptance speeches throughout the years.

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Keeping it humble

"I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream. I never thought this would ever happen." —Hilary Swank, Best Actress, Million Dollar Baby, 2004

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It pays to persevere

"No matter how far out your dreams are, it's possible. Fair play to those who dare to dream and don't give up." —Marketa Irglova, Best Original Song, Once, 2008


Believe in yourself

"God bless that potential that we all have for making anything possible if we think we deserve it. I deserve this." —Shirley MacLaine, Best Actress, Terms of Endearment, 1984

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Telling it like it is

"I am king of the world!" —James Cameron, Best Director, Titanic, 1997

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Remember how you got there

"It has been a long journey to this moment." —Sidney Poitier, Best Actor, The Defiant Ones, 1959


Spread the love

"I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being to prove that we are a human race. To prove that our love outweighs our need to hate. That our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame. That our sensitivity to those in need is stronger than our greed." —Elizabeth Taylor, Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, 1993

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Pure motives

"This is such an honor. But the thing that counts the most with me is the friendships, and the love, and the sheer joy we have shared making movies together." -Meryl Streep, Best Actress, The Iron Lady, 2012

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Trial by fire

"When you are in the ocean you must swim." –Pedro Almodovar, Best Foreign Film, All About My Mother, 2000

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Celebrate creativity


"I want to thank anyone who spends part of their day creating. I don't care if it's a book, a film, a painting, a dance, a piece of theater, a piece of music. Anybody who spends part of their day sharing their experience with us. I think the world would be unlivable without art." -Steven Soderbergh, Best Director, Traffic, 2001

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Cheer a support system

"...never once in my life did my parents ever say, 'What you're doing is a waste of time.' Never. And I grew up, I had teachers, I had colleagues, I had people that I worked with all through my life who always told me what you're doing is not a waste of time... I know there are kids out there that don't have that support system, so if you're out there and you're listening, listen to me: If you want to be creative, get out there and do it; it's not a waste of time. Do it. OK?" —Michael Giacchino, Best Original Music Score, Up, 2010

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