by Peter Knegt
November 25, 2013 2:22 PM 4 Comments
Watch The Last 10 Years of Best Supporting Actor Oscar Speeches
6. Christoph Waltz winning for "Django Unchained" in 2013. Perhaps
the most surprising thing about this year's ceremony was that Christoph
Waltz ended up going two for two, winning his second Oscar in four years
for his work in "Django Unchained." But it doesn't appear that Waltz
lost any of his
humility in the process of this rare feat. He gives a lovely (though
once again not especially distinctive) speech, culminating in a
very nice tribute to Mr. Tarantino, to whom Waltz clearly owes a lot.
7. Morgan Freeman winning for "Million Dollar Baby" in 2005 Wait,
Renee Zellweger won an Oscar!? That cold reminder is about as
interesting as it gets in this clip, as after she announces Morgan
Freeman's win for Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby," the actor is
on and off the stage in about 30 seconds. Like the vast majority of the
speeches on this list, there's nothing particularly wrong with the
speech. It's just a little boring, particularly given the decades of
work leading up to Freeman's win.
8. Tim Robbins winning for "Mystic River" in 2004. Other than an
emotional Susan Sarandon (and her remarkable cleavage) watching as her
then-husband Tim Robbins wins for "Mystic River," there's nothing too exciting about this speech, which is one of two on this
list that comes via a Clint Eastwood film (40% of the last 10 best
supporting actor winners were directed by either Eastwood or Quentin
Tarantino, another fun fact). And Robbins' final call for victims of violence to not feel
shame in seeking help feels oddly out of place on the Oscar stage.
9. Alan Arkin winning for "Little Miss Sunshine" in 2007. Just
because Alan Arkin notes that he knows you're not supposed to
read your speech doesn't get him off the hook for doing just that. He
barely looks up as he reads off his piece of paper, and you can't help but wonder what supposed frontrunner Eddie Murphy
would have said if he had won for "Dreamgirls" instead (watching him fake clap
for Arkin is the best thing about the clip).
Heath Ledger winning for "The Dark Knight" in 2009. It did not seem in good taste to rank the emotional speech of Heath Ledger's family when they picked up his trophy for "The Dark Knight." But it's certainly worth watching both for the tribute Ledger's family offers him as well as the presentation of the award itself, which involves five previous winners -- Christopher Walken, Kevin Kline, Alan Arkin,
Joel Grey and Cuba Gooding Jr. -- coming on stage to fete all five
nominees, a lovely thing the Academy should bring back in 2014.