Everyone can agree Adele made an addition to the archives of girl power awards show speeches with her shout out to Beyoncé at the Grammys last week. So in anticipation for the Oscars, which airs on February 26, we’ve compiled a list of iconic, empowering acceptances from some of our faves.
HALLE BERRY – MONSTER BALL, 2002
Choking through her tears, which were entirely understandable as she was the first and only Black woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress 74 years (yes, you read that right) after they began, Berry says, “This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for … every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened.” She had everyone welled up, including me in my room right now as I’m typing this. No shame.
MARLON BRANDO – THE GODFATHER, 1973
What’s a guy doing on here? Well, Brando wasn’t the one to accept his award. In fact, he rejected the award entirely and sent Sacheen Littlefeather, an Apache woman, in his place. His reasoning for doing so was the mistreatment of Native Americans in Hollywood, a very prevalent issue that remains today. She stayed cool and calm as she delivered the speech, despite the booing from the audience. Plus, she looked totally gorgeous in her traditional Apache dress. Talk about bad a**.
SANDRA BULLOCK – THE BLIND SIDE, 2010
After complimenting every other actress who had been nominated for her award like the classy lady that she is, Bullock gave a shout out to all the mamas who have taken children into their homes regardless of their backgrounds. She finished up by thanking her own mother for “reminding her daughters that there is no race, no religion, no class system, no color, nothing, no sexual orientation that makes us better than anyone else. We are all deserving of love.” Now that’s mothering done right.
CATE BLANCHETT – BLUE JASMINE, 2014
It’s no secret that the glass ceiling in Hollywood is still a very real thing, and this can partially be attributed to the myth that female movies don’t make as much money as those starring males. In her speech, Cate Blanchett threw some serious shade to “those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not … And, in fact, they earn money. The world is round, people!” Cate, you’re my GALileo.
JODIE FOSTER – SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, 1991
Okay, maybe I’m biased because Clarice Starling is my favorite female character of all time, but Jodie Foster seriously slayed this. At the end of her speech, which I have a really hard time believing she made up on the spot because it was that freakin’ good, she says, “I’d like to thank the academy for embracing such an incredibly strong and feminist hero that I am so proud of. Thank you very much.” The only thing that could’ve made this more flawless is if she’d said the speech in Clarice’s phony West Virginia accent.
What would you say in your Oscars acceptance speech? Let us know in the comments!
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