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Oscar Speeches: The Best of All Time

Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep wins Best Actress in 2011 

Smiles! Tears! Awkward kisses! Some stars deserve to win trophies for their memorable Oscar speeches. Here, Us Weekly takes a look back at the best and worst Academy Award thank-yous of all time.

Sally Field, 1985

“You like me! Right now, you like me!” — Best Actress for Places in the Heart

Cuba Gooding, Jr, 1997

“You can cut away. I won’t be mad at you,” jumping up and down on stage, Best Supporting Actor for Jerry Maguire

Ben Affleck, 1998

“I just said to Matt that losing would suck and winning would be really scary.” — with Matt Damon, Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting

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Robin Williams, 1998

“Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who, when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, ‘Wonderful, just have a backup profession, like welding.'” — Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting

Angelina Jolie, 2000

“I’m so in love with my brother right now.” — Best Supporting Actress for Girl, Interrupted (Jolie’s date for the ceremony was brother James Haven.)

angelina jolie and kate winslet
Angelina Jolie and brother James Haven in 1999 and Kate Winslet wins Best Actress in 2008

Julia Roberts, 2001

“Stick Man, I see you!” — waving off pit conductor Bill Conti, Best Actress for Erin Brockovich

Adrien Brody, 2003 

“I bet they didn’t tell you that was in the gift bag!” — after kissing presenter Halle Berry, Best Actor for The Pianist

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Hilary Swank, 2005

“I’m just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream.” — Best Actress for Million Dollar Baby

Cate Blanchett, 2005

“Thank you to Martin Scorsese. I hope my son will marry your daughter.” — Best Supporting Actress for The Aviator

Martin Scorsese, 2007

“Could you double check the envelope.” — Best Director for The Departed

Kate Winslet, 2009

“I think we all can’t believe we’re in a category with Meryl Streep at all. I’m sorry, Meryl, but you have to just suck that up!” — Best Actress for The Reader

Aaron Sorkin, 2011

“Roxy Sorkin, your father just won the Academy Award. I’m gonna have to insist on some respect from your guinea pig.” —- Best Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network

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Christopher Plummer, 2012

“You’re only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all my life?” — to his statue, Best Supporting Actor for Beginners 

Meryl Streep, 2012

“When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, ‘Oh, no. Come on . . . Her again?’ You know. But, whatever.” — Best Actress for The Iron Lady

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