Speeches can be the highlight or lowpoint of the Academy Awards in any given year. The recipients give them in a moment that must be overwhelming and dreamlike, so things can go awry.
Fortunately, they get a chance to collect themselves before they go backstage to talk to the press, and the Academy sees fit to provide transcripts of both the speeches and interviews for the perusal of film buffs, journalists and the just plain curious.
Reading through them it is easy to see how much we can miss during the live broadcast, and how difficult it must be for the winners to get *everything* in before the “Jaws” music rolls to shame them off stage.
From Daniel Day-Lewis’ characteristically classy acceptance speech to Quentin Tarantino’s more casual approach, Christoph Waltz’s humble and charming acceptance to Jennifer Lawrence’s stunned and self-deprecating thanks, the 85th Annual Academy Awards turned up a wealth of one-liners, quips and gracious praise.