Remember last year’s Oscars? No? As we count down to this year’s edition (coming up March 2), here are three of the best moments of last year’s acceptance speeches. May this year’s crop be just as good.
The List: Best of the Oscar speeches
Accepting his Best Actor award, for “Lincoln,” from presenter Meryl Streep, Day-Lewis observed, “It’s a strange thing, because three years ago, before we decided to do a straight swap, I had actually been committed to play Margaret Thatcher, and Meryl was Steven’s first choice for Lincoln. I’d like to see that version. Steven didn’t have to persuade me to play Lincoln, but I had to persuade him that perhaps if I was going to do it, that ‘Lincoln’ shouldn’t be a musical.”
The writer of “Argo,” accepting the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay, thanked all the usual suspects and added, at the end, a dedication to “the people all over the world in the U.S. and Canada and Iran who use creativity and intelligence to solve problems nonviolently. Thank you. “
Upon winning Best Director for “Life of Pi,” an emotional Lee thanked numerous members of his cast and crew, and added, “You are the golden statue in my heart.”
Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times movie critic