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The Five Most Memorable Acceptance Speeches of All Time

Leonardo DiCaprio made a memorable acceptance speech at the 2016 golden globe awards. (Image: NBC via Screenshot/YouTube)
Leonardo DiCaprio made a memorable acceptance speech at the 2016 golden globe awards. (Image: NBC via Screenshot/YouTube)

The 73rd Golden Globes has taken place in Hollywood to honor the best in film and television. All the big names in the business flock to this glamorous event, as the world watches on.

After hearing Leonardo Dicaprio’s acceptance speech for best actor in The Revenant, I felt inspired to share my top five acceptance speeches over the years. The list is ordered from the most recent in time, and works its way back.

2016, Leonardo DiCaprio — Best Actor for The Revenant

Where he ends by sharing his Golden Globe with the indigenous people of the world. “I want to share this award with all the first nation’s people represented in this film, and all the indigenous communities around the world. It is time that we recognise your history.” Go Leonardo!

Watch DiCaprio’s full speech here from NBC:

2014, Lupita Nyong’o — Best Supporting Actress in 12 Years a Slave

Lupita Nyong’o giving recognition in such a heartfelt way it brought a tear to my eye, and made me proud to be a woman. “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else’s.” (In reference to Patsey, a slave she portrayed in the film, based on a real-life memoir.)

Watch her full speech here from Oscars:

1999, Roberto Benigni — Best Foreign Language Film for Life is Beautiful

When he excitedly climbed up the back of the seats to receive his award, and this part of his speech… “And also I would like to thank my parents in Vergaio, in a little village in Italy. They gave me their biggest gift, their poverty, and I want to thank for the lesson of my life.” And all the funny bits! How can this speech not make you smile?

Watch Benigni’s full speech here from Oscars:

1973, Marlon Brando — Best Actor in The Godfather  

Sacheen Littlefeather’s courageous speech on behalf of Marlon Brando as she politely declines the award. The audience wasn’t happy, but I admire her gentle bravery in getting an important message out there.

Watch full speech here from Oscars:

1972 Charlie Chaplin — Honorary Award

For a 12 minute standing ovation, this is one of the most humble acceptance speeches. So simple and sincere. “Thank you so much, it’s an emotional moment for me, and words seem so futile — so feeble. I can only say thank you for the honor of inviting me here, and you are wonderful, sweet people, thank you.”

Watch full speech here from Oscars:

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