• WATCH: These are some of the most memorable speeches in Oscars history

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    HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Throughout the years, there have been plenty of memorable speeches at the Academy Awards.

    And, of course, who could forget the announcement of Best Picture in 2017?

    Let's take a look back at some of the most memorable speeches in Oscars history!


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    Longest speech in Oscar history: Greer Garson for "Mrs. Miniver" (1942) 

    When the British-American actress won the Best Actress Oscar, her speech clocked in at 5 and a half minutes. It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest in Oscar history.

    Shortest speech in Oscar history: William Holden for "Stalag 17" (1954)

    Reports vary as to who actually has the shortest Oscar speech on record but most historians point to William Holden who won the Best Actor statue for his role in comedy-drama "Stalag 17." Holden had been told the ceremony was going long so he said a simple, "Thank you, thank you," at the podium.

    Sidney Poitier becomes the first black actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor for "Lillies of the Field" (1963)

    The sophisticated Bahamian actor and Civil Rights activist became the first black actor to win the Oscar for Lead Actor for his role in the drama Lillies of the Field. He said, "Because it is a long journey to this moment I am naturally indebted to countless numbers of people, principally among whom are Ralph Nelson, James Poe, William Barrett, Martin Baum, and of course the members of the Academy. For all of them, all I can say is a very special thank you."

    Rita Moreno becomes the first Latina actress to win an Oscar for "West Side Story" (1961)

    The legendary EGOT icon won the Oscar beating out a crowded field that included screen legends Judy Garland, Una Merkel and Fay Bainter. She was so overcome with emotion that she gave a brief speech saying only, “I can’t believe it. Good lord. I leave you with that.”

    Sally Field is surprised people like her when she wins Best Actress for "Places of the Heart" (1984)

    "You like me, you really like me," has been parodied time and again but Sally Field didn't actually say that in her heartfelt speech when she won her second Oscar. She enthusiastically said, “I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!” 

    Jack Palance does one-handed pushups when he wins Best Supporting Actor for "City Slickers" (1992)

    The longtime character actor was 73-years-old when he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. During his speech, Palance made a point about ageism in the film industry by calling out producers for wanting to go for younger leading men when it came to casting. To show that at his age he could still compete with the young ones, the actor proceeded to do one-handed push-ups on the stage.

    Hillary Swank forgets to thank her husband when she wins the Oscar for Best Actress for "Boys Don't Cry" (2000)

    In 2000, Swank won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as the young female-to-male transgender Brandon Teena in the independent biopic "Boys Don't Cry." When she won, her then-husband was caught crying during her speech but she famously forgot to mention him on stage. Five years later when she won her second Oscar for "Million Dollar Baby," she thanked him by saying, "I am going to start by thanking my husband because I'd like to think I learned from past mistakes." The couple divorced in 2006 after eight years of marriage.

    Melissa Leo drops the F bomb during her speech when she took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for "The Fighter" (2011)

    Leo was so surprised by her win she let out the swear word during her speech when she said, "When I watched Kate two years ago it looked so (expletive) easy – oops!" Her colorful speech was seen by millions of viewers at home and became a joke throughout the telecast.

    Cuba Gooding Jr. thanks everyone when he wins Best Supporting Actor for "Jerry Maguire" (1996)

    The actor couldn't hold his shock and excitement in leading to one of the most enthusiastic speeches in Oscar history. His exuberance was infectious as the crowd cheered when he thanked his family and friends. As the exit music began to play, the actor began shouting the names of the people involved in the film, his co-stars and reminding everyone how much he loved them. Cheering grew louder and in the crowd famous attendees such as Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn could be seen given Gooding Jr. a standing ovation. 

    Halle Berry becomes the first African-American woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress for "Monster's Ball" (2001)

    Through tears the actress spoke about the moment saying, "This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It's for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox."

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