Oscar 2018: From Frances McDormand to Jordan Peele, the most heartfelt speeches from Hollywood's biggest night

FP Staff

Mar,05 2018 18:52:57 IST

The 90th Academy Awards was a grand affair. While movie-lovers argued about the choice of winners and whether or not The Shape of Water deserved to win the Oscar for the Best Picture, or why Lady Bird was completely snubbed at the ceremony, there's no doubt that today's winners achieved a milestone in their careers.

For an actor, director, screenwriter, or anyone involved in movies, winning an Academy Award is a big deal. While there were some winners who won their second Oscar (Frances McDormand has won before for Fargo in 1997), others, like Jordan Peele, created history by becoming the first black person to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (for Get Out). Then there was Roger Deakins who finally won an Academy Award after 14 nominations!

One of the best parts of the Oscars is listening to the winners' acceptance speeches. Throughout history, the Academy have had some memorable acceptance speeches, and today was no different. Let's take a look at some of the best speeches from the night.

Frances McDormand wins Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Frances McDormand, who cleared the awards season with her performance of Mildred Hayes, became known for her acceptance speeches after the Golden Globes, BAFTA, and SAG Awards. The Oscars were no different.

McDormand — who beat out the likes of Meryl Streep, Sally Hawkins, Margot Robbie, and Saoirse Ronan — took the stage and thanked her director Martin McDonagh, her Academy Award winning husband Joel Coen, and his brother Ethan Coen. McDormand then placed her Academy Award on the floor and asked all her fellow nominees to stand up and said:

"The actors—Meryl, if you do it everyone else will—the filmmakers, the producers, the directors, the writers, the cinematographers, the composers, the song writers, the designers. Come on! Okay, look around everybody, look around, ladies and gentleman because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple days or you can come to ours, whichever suits you best, and we can tell you all about them. I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentleman, inclusion rider."

Sam Rockwell wins for Best Supporting Actor for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Sam Rockwell, who delivered a stellar performance as a racist, torturous and angry cop in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, picked up an Academy award for the Best Supporting Actor.

Rockwell, who also cleared the awards circuit this year, thanked his parents for instilling in him the love for movies. His speech was heartfelt and funny as he recalled an incident of his dad picking him up from school when he was 8, faking an emergency.

"We got in the car and I said, 'What's wrong with Grandma?' And he said, 'Nothing, we're going to the movies,' " Rockwell joked. "My mom and dad's love of movies became my love of movies, so thank you for that, Mom and Dad.'"

He concluded by thanking his Billboards co-stars and "everyone who's ever looked at a billboard," and dedicated the trophy to his late friend, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Guillermo del Toro wins Best Director for The Shape of Water

Scoring his first win after four nominations, del Toro was ecstatic as he received his Oscar. Hailing from Mexico, the director spoke about his experience as an immigrant in Hollywood and how people have accepted him in the United States. The director ended his speech with a message of encouragement to up and coming filmmakers.

I am an immigrant, like Alfonso (Cuarón) and Alejandro (González Iñárritu), my compadres,” who won best-director trophies in recent years, del Toro said. “I think the greatest thing our industry does is erase the lines in the sand. We should keep doing that as the world tries to make them deeper.

Growing up in Mexico, I thought this could never happen. It happens. To tell stories about things that are real in the world today. This is a door; kick it open."

Jordan Peele wins Best Original Screenplay for Get Out

You probably have never heard cheers that loud at the announcement of someone winning an Oscar. Peele, the brain behind the brilliant horror Get Out, became the first black person in history to win the aforementioned category. Before him, only four black film writers have been nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category in Oscars' 90-year history: Suzanne de Passe (Lady Sings the Blues, 1972), Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, 1989) John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood, 1991) and Peele.

Peele's speech was an inspiration for anyone who is an aspiring screenwriter. He said he stopped writing Get Out about twenty times because he didn't believe anyone would ever turn the screenplay into a movie.

"I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible. I thought it wasn't going to work. I thought no one would ever make this movie. But I kept coming back to it, because I knew if someone let me make this movie, that people would hear it and people would see it."

He ended the speech by thanking, "everybody who bought a ticket, who told somebody to buy a ticket, thank you. I love you for shouting out at the theater, for shouting out at the screen."

Roger Deakins wins Best Cinematography for Blade Runner 2049

Deakins, the legendary cinematographer, after being nominated fourteen times, finally won an Oscar. It was a long time coming, and you could see that when Deakins took the stage. He kept it short and sweet while looking flustered. Deakins, who has had an extensive career in Hollywood, thanked his crew who he has been working with for more than thirty years.

Updated Date: Mar 05, 2018 19:02 PM