The Longest (And Briefest) Acceptance Speeches at the Oscars
In that moment, some people tend to choke while others start rambling on until the orchestra not so subtly tells them to (finally) clear the stage. We’ve had a look at the Academy’s transcripts of all speeches delivered by actors over the past 25 years to find out who packed the most words into his or her acceptance address.
Turns out that two of the longest speeches were given as recently as last year, when both Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett rambled on for more than 500 words. The shortest speech of the past 25 years was given by Joe Pesci in 1990: “It’s my privilege. Thank you!” was all he had to say after winning the Oscar for his performance in Good Fellas.
This chart ranks the longest and briefest Academy Award acceptance speeches given by victorious actors and actresses in the past 25 years.