This award show season certainly had its dramatic moments, and we can’t wait until next year. So, we’re bidding goodbye by revisiting some of the most incredible award show speeches ever. From the Golden Globes to the Academy Awards, we’ve heard some fantastic speeches over the years. Read on to see if your favorites made the list…
Robin Williams – 1992 Golden Globes
One of the greatest comedians to ever walk this earth, the late Robin Williams, gave one of our favorite award show speeches ever. He won Best Actor in Musical/Comedy Motion Picture for his role in The Fisher King at the 1992 Golden Globes. However, it is Williams’ iconic, hilarious acceptance speech that people remember to this day.
Williams started off strong. He looked at the award and said, “there’s nothing on it, how appropriate.” From there, Williams just kept piling on the jokes. “I’d like to thank my agents, my managers, all the people who make me Jewish by commission.” He then went on to thanks practically everyone, using various accents and dialects – the crowd did not expect it, but absolutely loved it. “I’d like to thank Jeff Bridges, a man who should be declared a national treasure…I’m just thanking everybody now.”
Viola Davis – 2015 Emmys
Viola Davis shattered records in 2015, becoming the first African American woman to win Best Actress in a Drama Series. She won for her amazing role in How To Get Away With Murder, one of ABC’s best performing dramas. Clearly shaken and overwhelmed, Davis still blew the audience away with one of the best award show speeches ever.
Davis started the speech by quoting legendary Harriet Tubman. ” ‘In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields, and lovely flowers, and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.’ That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s.”
Davis went on to talk about the need for more diverse roles. She also thanked her fellow women castmates and made a great point of sticking up for each other. Davis said, “…The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people…People who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman.” The speech moved the crowd, and the actress received a standing ovation.
Steve Carrell – 2006 Golden Globes
Steve Carell’s iconic character Michael Scott earned him a nomination and a win at the 2006 Golden Globes (Best Actor In a Musical/Comedy TV Series) – and rightfully so. It seems like Carell is one of those actors who is also incredibly funny and kind off-screen – especially after giving one of the most entertaining award show speeches ever.
In fact, the comedy started before Carell even stood up! Instead of writing his own speech, he let his wife, Nancy, write down what he should say. Clearly ecstatic, Carell got on stage and repeatedly thanked his wife, who “put her career aside for me.” His speech struck the perfect balance of comedy and genuine gratitude, which is why many of us remember it, even now.
Olivia Colman – 2019 Oscars
In a year with many Oscar surprises, Olivia Colman might be the biggest! Everyone, viewers and attendees alike, couldn’t help but be shocked when she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Before the ceremony, many felt sure that Glenn Close would win for her role in The Wife. However, Colman did not disappoint. You could see from the moment presenters announced her name, she couldn’t believe it. Colman got on stage, shaking and tearing, and gave one of the sweetest, most humble award show speeches ever.
“It’s genuinely quite stressful!” she began. Colman knew she was rambling on, but was so incredibly touched. She thanked her husband, her kids, and the cast of The Favorite. She also talked about how years ago she worked as a cleaner and always dreamt of this moment. In the end, she didn’t thank her producer or God – she gestured towards Lady Gaga, who sat in the first row, and muttered, “Ooooh, Lady Gaga!” Basically, Colman was all of us up there on stage. Need more proof? She didn’t celebrate her win at a fancy Oscar party, rubbing shoulders with mega-celebs. Instead, she rented and party bus and spent the night with her best friends.
Well, that’s it for this year’s award season! We can’t wait until next year!