Right after finding out who will win, one of the biggest things we look forward to every Oscars is finding out what the winners will say.
The speeches aren’t really about whom the winners actually have to thank but how well they entertain us. Here are a few speeches that stood out in our memories for that very reason:
Matthew McConaughey, 2014
Alright, alright, alright. Matthew McConaughey won for best actor in Dallas Buyers Club and gave the most Matthew McConaughey acceptance speech of all time.
In it, he dropped a few of his famous quotes, cited a man that no one seems to be able to find on the Internet, and named himself as his own hero. It was silly, fun and charming — just like McConaughey himself.
Sally Field, 1985
Some of you weren’t even alive when Sally Field gave this infamous speech after winning best actress for Places in the Heart, but you’ve probably heard plenty of jokes spoofing it.
“You like me! You really like me!”
Except — oops! — that famous line isn’t actually what she said. She actually said, “I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!” It doesn’t roll off the tongue quite the same way, but it makes the same point.
Tom Hanks, 1994
After Tom Hanks won for best actor in Philadelphia, he gave a speech thanking his high school drama teacher and a classmate, both of whom were gay.
Turns out that he accidentally outed his teacher, who had not told people that he was gay. The misguided blunder became the setup for the movie In & Out, starring Kevin Kline as a teacher who was outed as gay by a student giving an awards acceptance speech. Even Kline’s character didn’t know he was gay at that moment in the movie.
There are a lot more great Oscars acceptance speeches, and these are just the tip of the iceberg. We can’t wait to see what gems future ceremonies will offer us.