The Most Moving and Inspirational Oscars Speeches of All Time

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Giving a speech at any awards show is a difficult task, but the stakes are especially high at the Oscars, the pinnacle of Hollywood's awards season. Winners are typically flustered, emotional, and shocked, and they have only seconds to collect themselves before the music tries to play them offstage. Over the years, though, there have been some truly memorable speeches — speeches that moved us, motivated us, and reminded us why we tune in to watch in the first place. Click through for 12 of the most inspirational and poignant Oscars acceptance speeches of all time. (Photos via Kevin Winter/Getty Images + Steve Starr/Corbis via Getty Images)

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