Robin Williams Passes Away: Watch His Touching 1998 Oscars Acceptance Speech For Good Will Hunting

In times of great sorrow, it can be helpful to remember moments of joy, and in the case of the late Robin Williams, that would be his 1998 Oscars acceptance speech. 

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The renowned actor and legendary comedian passed away on Monday, Aug. 11 at age 63 from an apparent suicide. His friends, family, and costars have posted tributes in his honor, but this touching video clip is a tribute in and of itself to the genuine nature of the adored star. 

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As Williams took the stage to accept the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as psychiatrist Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting, he was visibly shaking with delight. (It was the only Oscar win for Williams, who was nominated three other times during his celebrated career.)

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Robin Williams gleefully accepts his sole Oscar in 1998 for Good Will Hunting. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

“This might be the one time I’m speechless,” he declared, addressing the cheering crowd. 

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Following his death, Williams’ wife Susan Schneider also told Us in a statement: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Watch the moving clip above!

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