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by Peter Knegt
October 23, 2013 1:50 PM
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Watch The Last 10 Years of Best Supporting Actress Oscar Speeches

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."


  • Dan | February 25, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    This article just made me think, "How the hell does Amy Adams not have an Oscar yet?!"
    I'm going back in time to give her 4 Oscars. Definitely for Junebug, The Fighter and The Master anyway.

  • PEDRO | February 25, 2014 10:22 AMReply

    Tilda Swinton gave the best speech of the decade, not Penelope Cruz. And you're being too harsh on Renée Zellweger.

  • Ans | October 24, 2013 1:26 AMReply

    I thought Penelope Cruz's speech was awkward, she tried to say something really meaningful about film preservation that fell flat.
    I also didn't like Octavia Spencer's speech - she was apparently crying but not crying at all - overly dramatic and painful to watch.
    Loved Tilda Swinton's and Cate Blanchett's the best.

  • Alex | October 23, 2013 11:45 PMReply

    Everyone was expecting Hathaway to break down and sob. If she did, people would have been nasty either way. It was a lose-lose for her.

  • Helen | October 23, 2013 9:02 PMReply

    Horrible spechees of Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson and Melissa Leo. The speech of Marion Cotillard is more emotional and funny. Please Peter Knegt you did a wrong list.

  • Peter Knegt | October 23, 2013 9:21 PM

    I never said they weren't horrible (in fact, I kind of say they all are). And Marion Cotillard never won in this category. Please Helen read everything properly.