* At the 1965 Academy Awards, Creator/AudreyHepburn presented Creator/RexHarrison the Best Actor Oscar, for ''Film/MyFairLady''. In his acceptance speech, he offered to give her half of the Oscar, to compensate for her lack of a Best Actress nomination. He closed by expressing a "deep love" for both Audrey and Creator/JulieAndrews (Eliza Doolitle in the original Broadway production of ''Theatre/MyFairLady''), his "two fair ladies".
* When ''[[Disney/TheManyAdventuresofWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day]]'', the last Oscar nomination for Creator/WaltDisney, was awarded in 1968, just over two years after his death, director Woolie Reitherman came up to accept the award and, clearly choked up, called the achievement "a memorable moment in all of the moments we've all shared with Walt".
* The presentation of Creator/CharlieChaplin's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972.
* From 1975: Louise Fletcher giving part of her acceptance speech for ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' in American Sign Language for the benefit of her parents, who were both deaf.
* Presenting the Best Sound Award in 1978, William Holden took a moment to tell the audience how decades before, he'd been set to be fired from ''Film/GoldenBoy,'' the movie that made him a star, but thanks to co-presenter Barbara Stanwyck, "I am here today." An emotional Stanwyck embraced him on stage. Three years later, a few months after Holden's death, Stanwyck was awarded a Lifetime Oscar. She wrapped up her speech remembering Holden and how he'd always wanted her to win an Oscar and tearfully held hers up. "And so tonight...my Golden Boy...you got your wish."
* From 1982, the win by Henry Fonda for Best Actor in ''Theatre/OnGoldenPond'', made all the more notable because he was at home, and his daughter and co-star Jane Fonda (herself a Hollywood star and Oscar-winner) accepted it on his behalf. The experience is made all the more heartwarming when one considers the context of the situation. Henry and Jane hadn't been particularly close for the longest time, and it was while filming the movie that they reconciled. Jane has mentioned that accepting the Oscar on behalf of his father was one of the more emotional of her life, given how it represented the ultimate acknowledgement of her father by his peers.
* From 1990: Creator/DanielDayLewis's first Best Actor acceptance speech for ''Film/MyLeftFoot'', where he made sure to give special attention to Hugh O'Conor, who had played Christy Brown as a young boy and was just as convincing. Also, the reaction to the rest of his nominees to the announcement of Day-Lewis as the winner. Unusually, they were ALL ''ecstatic''. Kenneth Branagh and Robin Williams in particular look like they're about to leap out of their seats instantly. The crowd ended up giving Daniel a standing ovation, particularly notable for an actor who was hardly that well known.
* From 1991: Creator/JoePesci's win for Best Supporting Actor in ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}''. Not only because of his [[DoubleTake shocked reaction]], but for giving one of the shortest and most humble of all acceptance speeches ''ever'', consisting of only six words, "Well, it's my privilege. Thank you." [[https://youtu.be/O0Q_nyjuEak See it here.]]
* From 1994:
** Creator/TomHanks's speech after winning Best Actor for ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}''. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBuDMEpUc8k See for yourself]].
** In one of the cutest moments in Oscar history, Creator/AnnaPaquin's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xElXtoO_WmA reaction to winning]] Best Supporting Actress for ''Film/ThePiano'' (skip to 0:54 or 0:55 and look at her face when she realizes that she's won). She was only 11 years old at the time and you can tell she ''really'' did NOT expect to win. After being handed her statuette, Anna just stood at the podium hyperventilating and giggling for about 20 seconds, like the little kid she was at the time. Even the audience in their seats couldn't help but laugh at how adorable she is. Extra points for how genuinely happy Holly Hunter and Creator/EmmaThompson were to see Anna win. Hunter and Thompson were also nominated in that category, and the former would win Best Actress for the same film later that evening. To this day, Paquin's victory is much more remembered than Hunter's (and is generally the only thing most people recall about the long-forgotten film).
* From 1996: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffSy3-PJ5QI Christopher Reeve]] making a surprise appearance, his first in public since the riding accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. The audience launched a massive standing ovation as Reeve delivered a wonderful speech, introducing clips of Oscar films that had tackled important issues and even some humor.
-->'''Christopher Reeve:''' What you probably don't know is that I left New York last September and I just arrived here this morning.
* From 2002: Creator/HalleBerry's tearful acceptance speech after winning Best Actress for ''Monster's Ball'', being the first African-American woman to hold that honor.
* From 2005:
** Jamie Foxx's speech after winning Best Actor for ''Film/{{Ray}}'', especially when he choked up speaking of his deceased grandmother, who he said was his first acting teacher. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2a1nzAciMc Check it out for yourself]].
** The win of Creator/MorganFreeman for Best Supporting Actor in ''Film/MillionDollarBaby''. Aside from his personal thanks to everyone involved in the film and his standing ovation, thankfully, the camera pans over to his buddy, Tim Robbins, who couldn't be prouder of his [[Film/TheShawshankRedemption former cast mate's win.]]
* From 2008:
** Seeing Heath Ledger's parents and sister accept his posthumous Best Supporting Actor prize for ''TheDarkKnight'', and absorbing the crowd's reaction. The ultimate bittersweet moment, in honor of an actor taken from us far too quickly.
** Jon Stewart bringing Markéta Irglová back onstage so she could give her acceptance speech for "Falling Slowly" as Best Song, after she was played off before she could say anything. That was actually the late Oscar producer Gil Cates's idea to bring her back. He found out that the crew had mistakenly given the cue to the orchestra, so during the commercial break, he asked Stewart to let her come back on stage and finish her speech.
* From 2013, Jennifer Lawrence getting completely starstruck when Jack Nicholson interrupted her post-win interview to congratulate her.
* From 2014:
** The ceremony being held a week after Creator/HaroldRamis' death, Creator/BillMurray presented the award for Best Cinematography with Creator/AmyAdams. After saying the nominees and before announcing the winner, Murray went off script and said: "Oh we forgot one. Harold Ramis. For ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' and ''Film/GroundhogDay''", and the audience at the ceremony applauded. Murray and Ramis had some very bad arguments while making ''Groundhog Day'', and never so much as spoke to each other again after filming wrapped, but they had reconciled shortly before Ramis' death, and this shows he was willing to put that bad blood aside and properly honor his old friend.
** Jared Leto's acceptance speech after winning for ''Film/DallasBuyersClub''.
** The fact that the real-life [[Film/{{Philomena}} Philomena Lee]] and [[Film/CaptainPhillips Richard Phillips]] were in the audience that year.
* From 2015:
** JK Simmons' speech for ''Film/{{Whiplash}}'', where he first showers adoration on his family, then tells everyone watching that if they have one or both parents still living, call them right now and talk for as long as they want.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN1SaF5LNGs Graham Moore's acceptance speech]] for best adapted screenplay (''Film/TheImitationGame'') in 2015. All you want is giving this man a hug after listening to him.
* From 2016:
** Creator/LouisCK explaining why "Best Documentary Short" is his favorite Oscar category, because hardly anyone would ever hear of these films without it, and every time it's awarded it makes a true difference in the winner's life.
** Mark Rylance winning for ''Film/BridgeOfSpies''. His speech was incredibly humble and likewise his victory was somewhat unexpected since it was expected that Stallone would win for ''Film/{{Creed}}''. For fans of the film, it was thrilling to see the film's EnsembleDarkhorse and Rylance's StarMakingRole (he was a respected thespian and character actor) get acknowledged. The first thing Rylance did on winning the award, was back down the aisle and hug Creator/StevenSpielberg. Rylance is one of two actors to have won Oscars for appearing in Spielberg's films. The other actor? Creator/DanielDayLewis!
** Similar to Rylance, when Brie Larson won Best Actress, her first reaction was to turn around and high five Jacob Tremblay, the child actor who played her son in the film for which she won, ''Room''.
** Ennio Morricone singling out John Williams during his acceptance speech for ''The Hateful 8''. A beautiful moment of camaraderie between these two octogenarian nominees who have long been consistently rated among the greatest composers of their time.
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