I’ll be honest. If I ever won an Oscar, I think I’d milk it for every single possible second as well and probably say or do something I probably shouldn’t. Your ego must be so incredibly inflated in that moment that it must take all of your strength to form a coherent sentence, let alone a humble one. In some cases (but not all), we forgive these men and women for their cringe worthy moments. They’ll be a whole new batch for us to scrutinise early next year, but for now, here are the worst and most awkward Oscar acceptance speeches ever.
Angelina Jolie has a thing for her brother
When Jolie won best supporting actress back in 2002 for her role in Girl, Interrupted, she freaked out almost everybody in attendance and watching on TV at home. She pretty much opened with, “I’m so in love with my brother right now” before embarking on a more traditional and less creepy acceptance speech. But before she takes her bow, she puts the nail in the coffin and professes her undying love for her brother once again. We’re sure they were just really close, but it left us feeling a little strange…
Sally Field’s won’t stop saying “You really like me”
When Sally Fields took the best actress award for her leading role in Places In The Heart, she went off on a pretty ego centric rant about not feeling respected before, but now feeling the love from everybody. “I owe a lot to my family for putting up with this obsession with me…and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect, and this time I feel it and I can’t deny the fact that you like me!” Unfortunately, we’re beginning to have second thoughts, Sally…
Surprise, Surprise, Michael Moore gets a little political
Nobody was going to win an award for predicting Michael Moore would stay on message when accepting the best documentary award for 2003’s Bowling For Columbine. “We all love non-fiction, but we live in fictitious times, where we have fictitious election results that elect a fictitious president!” This speech is awkward on two levels. 1, Michael Moore can’t seem to get a grasp on how to say the word fictitious, and 2, all of the horrible boos from George W. Bush sympathisers ring far too loud for our liking.
Marlon Brando transformed into a Native American woman
When the legendary Brando won the best actor award for his unforgettable role in The Godfather, he had the president of The National native American Affirmative Image Community decline it on his behalf. Addressing the important issue of Hollwood’s poor treatment of Native American’s wasn’t the bad thing, it was the sea of boo’s that greeted the poor woman as she argued her case.
James Cameron is apparently “King of the world”
Cameron won the best director accolade in 1998 for some kind of film about a sinking boat that we never got round to seeing. When he took the podium, he started off so humble and appreciative that we actually thought for a second he was going to make it to the end without messing up. Of course, when your movie breaks every single box office record in history, it’s bound to go to your head a little. His final scream of, “I’m king of the world” and the preceding series of dog barks left us feeling a certain type of way about Mr Cameron. Let’s just be thankful they didn’t give him the award for Avatar.