It’s acceptance speeches at Oscars that give you a rare glimpse of the emotional and disarmingly honest selves of A-list Hollywood celebs. Their speeches are to the point, witty and replete with great quotable quotes. We list out a few memorable ones for you.
Lupita Nyong’o: Lupita won the Oscar for Best Supporting actress for her role in Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave’ in 2014. Her poignant speech struck a note with viewers all across the globe especially her last line which read, ‘When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.’ (PHOTOS: Priyanka Chopra to attend Oscars 2016: A look at the actress/pop sensation)
Matthew McConaughey: The brilliant actor won an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club in 2014. On his way to the stage, Matthew hugged Leonardo Di Caprio who too was nominated in the same category for Wolf of Wall Street. In his speech, Matthew spoke about three things he needs in life. First one to look up, second to look forward and third someone to chase. “I look up to God, I look forward to my family and I chase my hero who is me in the next 10 years,” said Matthew.
Meryl Streep: The veteran actress won her third Oscar for her role in The Iron Lady in 2012. She started off her speech saying, ‘I could hear half of America saying, ‘Oh no…come on! Why her again?’ Meryl responded to her critics in cavalier fashion remarking, ‘Whatever’.
Gwyneth Paltrow: Paltrow was pleasantly surprised when her name was announced as the winner of Best Actress for her role in “Shakespeare in Love” in 1999. The actress broke down more than once in her acceptance speech.
Cuba Gooding Jr : Cuba’s Oscar acceptance speech was one of the most heart warming ones ever. The actor, who won the Oscars for Supporting Actor for Jerry Maguire, knew that he had only a few seconds to deliver his speech. Unfortunately midway through his speech the background music came alive but that didn’t deter Cuba who went on to thank everyone he had to for making his Oscar dream come true.