Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook)
The two-times Oscar nominee fended off late competition from French star Emmanuelle Riva to win the Academy Award for Best Actress, though took an unfortunate tumble while attempting to climb onto the stage in her rather restricting Christian Dior dress. The carefree Lawrence managed to shrug off the mishap to deliver a coherent, if rather frantic, acceptance speech.
“You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that's really embarrassing but thank you…Thank you to the Academy and thank you to the women this year, you were so magnificent and so inspiring, and not just those of you in the category. It’s been so amazing getting to know you.”
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Christoph Waltz (Best Supporting Actor, Django Unchained)
The multi-Oscar winner made a typically humbling speech after taking the evening’s first award for Best Supporting Actor. ‘Lincoln’s Tommy Lee Jones had been the well fancied favourite heading into the ceremony and Waltz made sure to acknowledge his fellow nominees as well as director Quentin Tarantino in his gracious acceptance.
“Thank you. Thank you so much, Mr. De Niro, Mr. Arkin, Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Jones, my respect. My… my unlimited gratitude goes to Dr. King Schultz. That is, of course, to the creator and the creator of his awe-inspiring world – Quentin Tarantino.”
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Daniel Day-Lewis (Best Actor, Lincoln)
A hugely enjoyable speech from the actor who portrayed Abraham Lincoln in Spielberg’s historical epic. Day-Lewis – now the only man in history to have won the Oscar for Best Actor on three separate occasions – joked that he and presenter Meryl Streep had swapped roles in ‘Lincoln’ and ‘The Iron Lady’.
“Before we agreed to a straight swap… I was scheduled to play Margaret Thatcher and Meryl Streep was to play Lincoln.”
Ben Affleck (Best Picture, Argo)
Though Affleck was one part of an all-star producing team that also featured George Clooney and Grant Heslov, it was very much the movie’s director who had the final word on Argo’s huge success. Thanking everyone from the “genius” Steven Spielberg to his two young children, Affleck’s speech was an emotional rollercoaster: touching, sentimental, witty, perfect.
“I know eventually that thing’s going to start to go,” said Affleck, pre-empting the Jaws theme employed to cut the night’s speeches short. “So forgive me if this is a little bit quick. I want to acknowledge Steven Spielberg who I feel’s a genius and a towering talent among us…I want to acknowledge the other eight films… There are eight great films that have every right, as much of a right to be up here as we do. I want to acknowledge them and thank them for what they did.”
Anne Hathaway (Best Supporting Actress, Les Miserables)
Anne Hathaway’s Oscar for Best Supporting Actress was a foregone conclusion, meaning she probably had plenty of time to tweak and improve her acceptance speech. Many had expected tears, heavy breathing and a rambling list of people to thank - what we got was a collected, assured and passionate speech from one of Hollywood’s biggest – and now Oscar-winning – actresses.
“There are so many people whose generosity and support is the reason I’m standing here right now. I must thank Hugh Jackman…Hugh you’re the best…the cast and the crew. The creative team behind ‘Les Miserables’...Cameron Mackintosh…Tom Hooper.”