award show speeches


Between words of gratitude and being overwhelmed by emotions, words of immense wisdom are often woven into speeches given by award recipients.

From witnessing the gleaming glamour to deducing the winner at the end of the night, award shows bend towards a more realistic form of entertainment in a field which thrives on stories and creativity. An unanticipated takeaway from these starry nights are the bits and pieces of wisdom actors and actresses often impart our way. They might radiate of an unspoken truth or of an experience which shall have rippling effects in hearts. While there is a plethora of shows and a motley of winning speeches to choose from, here’s presenting five speeches which moved us to the brim of inspiration!

Meryl Streep Voices the Need for Respect

The afternoon of January 9th flooded our news feeds with the list of award recipients and the bests and worsts at the Golden Globes 2017. The world shared a common sentiment (except Donald Trump, perhaps) in appreciating the endearing speech by Meryl Streep on accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award. The actress did not shy away from bordering to the political sphere; commenting on the importance of foreigners as they construct the best of Hollywood and the golden rule of disrespect inviting disrespect. Let violence not be resonated in the times to come, and let reverence for people sway the world with kindness!

Quotable Quote: “Take your broken heart. Make it into art.”

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxyGmyEby40

Leonardo DiCaprio Relays the Realities of Climate Change

As the world collectively broke into applause as Leonardo DiCaprio was declared the Best Actor at the Academy Awards 2016, his words of gratitude brought to light a message of greater importance. DiCaprio talked about the realism and threat of Global Warming which faces the world today. Supplementing his tremendous perseverance which is palpable in his work, his speech moved us to ponder over a global issue acting as a major hindrance in this age. Let us not fail in this endeavour of protecting and delivering the planet to the generations to come in the same manner in which it was handed over to us.

Quotable Quote: Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpyrefzvTpI

Matthew McConaughey’s Aspirations of Being His ‘Hero’

The recipient of the Academy Award for Best Performance in 2014 delivered a speech which was a dreamer’s delight. The idea of ‘looking up to, looking forward to, and chasing something’ everyday left an indelible mark in many hearts, which McConaughey continued with the stirring story of aiming to be your hero every ten years. It is on the verge of impossibility to become who you truly aspire to be; but that’s what dreams are for, to be the impregnable destination which we shall always chase and extract inspiration from!

Quotable Quote: “To any of us, whatever those things are, whatever it is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to, and whoever it is we’re chasing, to that I say, ‘Amen.’”

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD2cVhC-63I

Graham Moore Gives Optimism to Kids Suffering from Depression

It takes unfathomable courage to speak about one’s personal struggles on a platform like the Academy Awards, especially about an issue which most fail to recognise and is enveloped in taboos. Winning the Award for the Best Screenplay for The Imitation Game, Graham Moore told his struggle with depression, an account not too unfamiliar to the youth of today, and relayed a message which was important to be conveyed. It is okay not to fit along the lines of the society because we’re all made for greatness in one way or the other!

Quotable Quote: “For that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different, or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. Stay weird, stay different.”

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbNJq90t0Wk

Deepika Padukone’s Stimulating Letter from Her Father

Every dream in this world and its subsequent achievement involves some primal figures who have had a monumental impact on us. Deepika Padukone emerged as the winner for Best Actress at the Filmfare Awards 2016 for her performance in Piku, and it was only befitting to oblige the efforts of her father and simultaneously all parents out there who are a source of inextinguishable inspiration. The values and learnings of life are infinitely greater than the achievements and failures that come our way, and to rise above them is where our life’s motive lies!

Quotable Quote: “There is no substitute for perseverance, hard work, determination, and passion for what you do. If you love what you do, nothing else matters.

Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAI2nQU6ZGE


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