2021 Oscar winners: Acceptance speech moments you don't want to miss

Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the best moments from acceptance speeches during the 2021 Academy Awards, starting with this amazingly awkward moment… Daniel Kaluuya went delightfully off track as he accepted the Oscar for best supporting actor for his work in “Judas and the Black Messiah.” He started off innocently enough by sweetly thanking his mother: “I’d like to thank my mom. Thank you so much for pouring into me. You gave me everything. You gave me your factory settings so I can stand at my fullest height,” he said. Then things took a turn. “There’s so much work to do, guys — and that’s on everyone in this room. This ain’t no single-man job. I look at every single one of you: We’ve got work to do,” he continued. “I’m gonna get back to work Tuesday morning because tonight, I’m going up. We’re going up! We’re enjoying ourselves tonight because we’ve got to celebrate. We’ve got to celebrate life, man. We’re breathing! We’re walking! It’s incredible. It’s incredible! My mom met my dad; they had sex — it’s amazing! I’m here! I’m so happy to be alive, so I want to celebrate that tonight.” As he went on, the cameras cut to the audience, where Daniel’s mom could be seen looking stunned as his sister buried her head in her hands while laughing hysterically. Hilarious!

Now keep reading for more of the best moments from acceptance speeches during the 2021 Oscars…

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“They said, ‘Write a speech,’ but I didn’t because I just didn’t think this would ever happen. … The only speech I ever wrote was when I was 10, and I had a look to see if there’d be anything useful from it. But unfortunately, [I] mostly thanked Zack Morris from ‘Saved by the Bell,’ who was my very supportive husband. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been as much a part of my life as I’d hoped, and so that speech is not that useful.” –Emerald Fennell, Best Original Screenplay for “Promising Young Woman”

“This is beyond anything I could ever imagine — except this is something I’ve always imagined. Since I was five or something, I’ve been preparing speeches in train stations, at school, in the toilet — and here I am. It’s real. It’s amazing. Wow. … We wanted to make a film that celebrates life, and four days into shooting, the impossible happened: an accident on a highway took my daughter away — someone looking [at their] cellphone. We miss her, and I love her. Two months before we shot this movie and two months before she died, she was in Africa and she sent me a letter — she’d just read the script and she was glowing with excitement. She loved this and she felt seen by this — and she was supposed to be in this. If anyone dares to believe that she’s here with us somehow, you’ll be able to see her clapping and cheering with us. We ended up making this movie for her as her monument. So, Ida, this is a miracle that just happened, and you’re a part of this miracle. Maybe you’ve been pulling some strings somewhere. I don’t know. But this one is for you.” –Thomas Vinterberg, Best International Feature Film for “Another Round”

“I’ve been thinking a lot lately of how I keep going when things get hard, and I think it goes back to something I learned when I was a kid. When I was growing up in China, my dad and I used to play this game: We would memorize classic Chinese poems and texts and we would recite it together and try to finish each other’s sentences. There’s one that I remember so dearly: It’s called ‘The Three Character Classic’ and the first phrase goes, ‘People at birth are inherently good.’ Those six [words] had such a great impact on me when I was a kid. I still truly believe them today — even though sometimes it might seem like the opposite is true. But I have always found goodness in the people I met everywhere I went in the world. So this is for anyone who has the faith and the courage to hold on to the goodness in themselves and to hold on to the goodness in each other, no matter how difficult it is to do that. This is for you — you inspire me to keep going.” –Chloé Zhao, Best Director for “Nomadland”

“I wrote the script for [Anthony Hopkins]. To me, he’s the greatest — the greatest living actor. Just the idea to work with him was like a dream, and I knew that it was not an easy dream to fulfill because I’m French — as you can hear — [and] it was my first feature film and he’s Anthony Hopkins. But I thought until someone comes and proves that it was not possible, it means that potentially it is [possible]. Sometimes we are the ones who close the door of what is possible and what is not possible. For ‘The Father,’ I really wanted not to close that door and to follow my inspiration, my desire and my dream. So thank you, Anthony, for having said yes to that script, and thank you for having given everything in that film — your energy, your grace and your talent. Sharing that journey with you was the most amazing experience of my life.” –Florian Zeller (shared with Christopher Hampton), Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Father”

“I was raised by my grandfather, James Holland. He was an original Tuskegee Airman. He represented the U.S. in the first Pan Am Games. He went to Argentina. He met Evita. He graduated from Northwestern University at a time when they did not allow Blacks to stay on campus, so he stayed at the YMCA. After all of his accomplishments, he went back to his hometown in hopes of becoming a teacher, but they did not hire Blacks in the school system. So I want to say thank you to our ancestors who put the work in and were denied but never gave up. I also stand here as Jamika [Wilson] and I break this glass ceiling with so much excitement for the future because I can picture Black trans women standing up here and Asian sisters and our Latina sisters and indigenous women. I know that one day it won’t be unusual or groundbreaking, it will just be normal.” –Mia Neal (left, with Sergio Lopez-Rivera and Jamika Wilson), Best Makeup and Hairstyling for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

“Today the police will kill three people. And tomorrow the police will kill three people. And the day after that, the police will kill three people because on average, the police in America every day kill three people, which amounts to about a thousand people a year — and those people happen [to be] disproportionately Black people. James Baldwin once said, ‘The most despicable thing a person can be is indifferent to other people’s pain,’ and so I just ask that you please not be indifferent. Please don’t be indifferent to our pain.” –Travon Free (right, with Martin Desmond Roe), Best Live Action Short Film for “Two Distant Strangers”

“We dedicate this film to all those who’ve lost loved ones to gun violence. We deserve better than to live in a country where more than 100 people die by gun violence every single day. We deserve better. We must do better. We will do better.” –Will McCormack (right, with Michael Govier), Best Animated Short Film for “If Anything Happens I Love You”

“Our main character, Joe, is a music teacher. We want to thank music teachers and art teachers everywhere, including my parents Dave and Rita and Dana’s parents Pam and Tom — you make the world a better place. My wish for all of us tonight is that we could follow the example of jazz musicians: that wherever we are and whatever we have, we turn it into something beautiful.” –Pete Docter (right, with Dana Murray), Best Animated Feature Film for “Soul”











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