The Best Oscar Speeches of 2017

And the winner is…

By Maria Beaini

1. Jordan Horowitz: Mistaken to be the Best Picture winner for “La La Land”

After being called up to the stage for the best picture, the cast of “La La Land” started giving their speeches, until they were interrupted by Jordan Horowitz saying, “What? You guys, I’m sorry, no. There’s a mistake. ‘Moonlight,’ you guys won Best Picture.” Even being heartbroken to this sudden change, Horowitz goes to show even more integrity and announces, “I’m going to be really proud to hand this to my friends from ‘Moonlight.’”

2. Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney: Best Adapted Screenplay for “Moonlight”

After winning the Oscar, Jenkins and McCraney delivered an inspiring speech to the LGBT community, specifically everyone who was affected by Trump’s new policy about transgender bathroom rules. “For all you people out there who feel there is no mirror for you, that you feel your life is not reflected, the Academy has your back, the (American Civil Liberties Union) has your back, we have your back, and for the next four years … we will not forget you,” said Jenkins.

3. Viola Davis: Best Supporting Actress for “Fences”

Viola Davis, being the first African American woman to win a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and an Oscar, gave a heart-warming speech after receiving her Oscar forFences.” “You know, there is one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered and that’s the graveyard. People ask me all the time—what kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola? And I say exhume those bodies. Exhume those stories—the stories of the people who dreamed big and never saw those dreams to fruition, people who fell in love and lost. I became an artist and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life,” Davis said.

4. Anousheh Ansari: Accepted the Best Foreign Film trophy on behalf of Asghar Farhadi, the director of “The Salesman”

Due to the absence of Asghar Farhadi, Anousheh Ansari took the stage on his behalf and read out an inspiring letter written by Fahardi. “Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others — an empathy we need today more than ever.”

5. Damien Chazelle: Best director for La La Land

Damien Chazelle, the youngest winner for the best director, gave a touching wrap-up to his acceptance speech by sharing his admiration. “This movie is about love and I was lucky enough to fall in love while making it. It means the world to me that you’re here sharing this with me, thank you.”

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