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Watch The Last 10 Years of Best Supporting Actress Oscar Speeches

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire October 23, 2013 at 1:50PM

Every few weeks during awards season -- to fill in those long gaps between actual developments -- we figured we'd wet your Oscars-appetite by taking a look back at the acceptance speeches of yore. Or, in this case, the past 10 years (is that yore, yet?).
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6. Jennifer Hudson winning for "Dreamgirls" in 2007. Considering just two years earlier she was a 7th place contestant on "American Idol," it's hard to get all warm and fuzzy when you witness Jennifer Hudson's rather remarkable rise to fame culminate in an Oscar win for "Dreamgirls," even if her speech is a bit underwhelming (and does she really need to thank God three times while not saying Beyonce's name even once?).


7. Mo'Nique winning for "Precious" in 2010. The narrative of Mo'Nique's Oscar campaign for "Precious" was that, well, there was no campaigning. And she won anyway, which was great and not something Mo'Nique shied away from when she took the stage: "First I would like to the thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics." But after a couple of heartfelt thank yous she brings it back to the campaigning by thanking her husband for encouraging her decision not to do so... Which just seemed like overkill if it is indeed about the performance and not the politics.


8. Rachel Weisz winning for "The Constant Gardener" in 2005.  Sure, it's a dignified, well-spoken speech, but there's really not an entertaining moment in Rachel Weisz's big Oscar moment (nothing compared to Morgan Freeman trying to pronounce "demonstrative" just before he says her name, at least). And nothing against Weisz, but you can't help but wish you could have seen her fellow nominees Amy Adams, Catherine Keener, Frances MacDormand and Michelle Williiams up there instead (what a lineup!).


9: Anne Hathaway winning for "Les Miserables" in 2013. Though nowhere near as insufferable as her Golden Globe speech a month earlier,  Anne Hathaway's wholly expected Oscar win for "Les Miserables" came with a wholly unmemorable speech that should make for not much more than a lot of eye rolling. The explosion of internet hate for Hathaway that came during last year's awards season was arguably a bit petty and unjustified, but there's no denying her speech was a bore.


10. Renee Zellweger winning for "Cold Mountain" in 2004. Ah, Renee Zellweger: The Anne Hathaway of 2004.  And frankly, we'll take Hathaway any day over this awkward, long-winded speech from Zellweger, which comes complete with bizarrely framed thank you to her "immigrant mom and dad."

This article is related to: Video, Academy Awards, Anne Hathaway, Melissa Leo, Tilda Swinton, Penelope Cruz, Mo'Nique, Jennifer Hudson, Octavia Spencer, Rachel Weisz, Renee Zellweger, Cate Blanchett, Academy Awards, Awards Season Roundup







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