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The most memorable Oscar speeches

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The annual Academy Awards ceremony recognizes excellence in cinematic achievements in the film industry and inspires some truly unforgettable acceptance speeches each year. 

From kissing and tears to producing unforgettable quotes, actors have provided us with memorable pop culture moments throughout the 88 years the Oscars has been presented. 

Leonardo DiCaprio (2016) - Fans of Leonardo DiCaprio not-so-subtly expressed their desire to see him take the stage to accept his first Oscar after so many nominations since starting his career. His time came at the 88th Academy Awards presentation. DiCaprio received a standing ovation after his name was called for Best Actor in The Revenant. The actor used his speech to spread awareness about environmental issues stating, "Climate change is real!" 

Jennifer Lawrence (2013) - It may not have been part of her speech, but the beloved actress stole the heart of the show when she tripped on her gown as she took the stage to collect the Oscar for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook. Jennifer Lawrence received a standing ovation and laughed, "You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that's really embarrassing, but thank you." 

Adrien Brody (2003) - When Adrien Brody approached the stage after Halle Berry announced he had won Best Actor in The Pianist, he turned to Berry and gave her a passionate kiss. "I bet they didn't tell you that was in the gift bag," he joked. 

Roberto Benigni (1999) - The Italian filmmaker literally jumped for joy as he took the stage to accept the award for Best Foreign Language Film, Life is Beautiful

Robin Williams (1998) - "This might be the one time I'm speechless," he said. Robin Williams refrained from using comedy to provide viewers with a heartwarming acceptance speech for the well-deserved Best Actor award in Good Will Hunting

Tom Hanks (1994) - Tom Hanks inspired a movie with his acceptance speech for Best Actor in Philadelphia after thanking his high school drama teachers stating, "I mention their names because they are two of the finest gay Americans, two wonderful men that I had the good fortune to be associated with, to fall under their inspiration at such a young age."  Apparently, the teacher had kept that private for year and the moment later inspired the Kevin Kline movie "In & Out." Regardless, the speech was still inspiring. 

Gwyneth Paltrow (1991) - After winning Best Actress in Shakespeare In Love, Gwyneth Paltrow provided the audience with a seemingly flawless acceptance speech with an emotional tribute to her parents and recently deceased cousin. 

Sally Field (1985) - Sally Field was glowing as she accepted the Oscar for Best Actress in Places in the Heart. She was famously quoted for blurting out, "You like me, right now, you like me!" with a huge smile on her face. 

Marlon Brando (1973) - The legendary actor Marlon Brando declined his Oscar for Best Actor in The Godfather and sent Native American activist Sacheen Littlefeather to the stage in his place. It was done in protest of the treatment of Native Americans by the film industry. 

Is there an Academy Award speech that you find to be the most memorable? Email aharrington@fox19now.com. 

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