Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Sally Field and Patricia Arquette are other actors who made history with their Oscar speeches
Last Updated: 09.12 AM, Mar 13, 2023
Oscars 2023 is memorable for India for several reasons. Not only did we win two awards, but we had Indian representation on the stage in the form of Deepika Padukone.
The actress introduced RRR’s song, Naatu Naatu right before its live performance. The song won the Oscar for the Best Original Song award, and Deepika took the stage alone to introduce the song before its live performance.
Speaking about the song, she said, “An irresistibly catchy chorus, electrifying beats and killer dance moves to match have made this next song a global sensation. It plays during a pivotal scene in RRR, a movie about the friendship between real-life Indian revolutionaries, Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem.”
She added, “In addition to being sung in Telugu and illustrating the film’s anti-colonialist themes, it’s also a total banger. It’s got millions of views on YouTube and Tiktok, has audiences dancing in movie theatres all around the world and is also the first song ever from an Indian production to be nominated for an Oscar.”
Deepika’s speech was well-received by social media users, who appreciated her authentic style and applauded her for not feigning an American accent on such a significant platform.
One Twitter user referred to her as a 'queen' for delivering a touching speech, while another praised her confidence and evident pride in announcing the award for RRR's song.
Winning an Oscar is considered the highest honour that one can achieve in the film industry, and delivering an acceptance speech is an integral part of the ceremony.
Over the years, there have been several unforgettable Oscar speeches that have left a lasting impact on the audience.
From emotional tributes to inspiring words of encouragement, these speeches have become a part of Hollywood's history. Let's take a look at some of the best Oscar speeches of all time.
Halle Berry (2002)
In 2002, Halle Berry made history as the first African-American woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. In her emotional speech, Berry paid tribute to all the women of colour who had come before her and paved the way for her success.
Marlon Brando (1973)
Marlon Brando's 1973 win for Best Actor for his role in The Godfather was a controversial one. Instead of attending the ceremony, Brando sent a Native American activist named Sacheen Littlefeather to deliver a speech on his behalf. Littlefeather refused the award, citing Brando's concerns about the treatment of Native Americans in the film industry and the United States.
Sally Field (1985)
Sally Field's acceptance speech for Best Actress for her role in Places in the Heart is one of the most iconic in Oscar history. Her emotional declaration, "You like me! You really like me!" has become a pop culture reference and is often parodied in films and TV shows.
Tom Hanks (1994)
Tom Hanks' win for Best Actor for his role in Philadelphia was a groundbreaking moment in film history. In his speech, Hanks thanked his former high school drama teacher and paid tribute to the real-life individuals who had inspired his performance.
Patricia Arquette (2015)
Patricia Arquette's speech for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood was a powerful moment for gender equality. In her speech, she called for equal pay and equal rights for women, which received a standing ovation from the audience.
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