Strange Acceptance Speeches
-Cuba Gooding Jr.
’s acceptance speech at the 1997 Academy Awards has topped a list naming the most dramatic, outrageous and unexpected moments in Oscar history. Gooding Jr. was so overjoyed to collect his Best Supporting Actor prize for Jerry Maguire
that the actor continued to speak even when the orchestra began playing, yelling “I love you!” to a long list of Hollywood stars, while jumping up and down in excitement.Jack Palance
had been nominated for an Oscar twice, both for best supporting actor, for 1952′s Sudden Fear
and 1953′s Shane
. Four decades later, he finally won the award for the comedy City Slickers
, at the age of 72. In the middle of a rather raunchy acceptance speech, Palance decided to drop down to do a series of one-armed push-ups, proving that age is just a number.
Perhaps not so much a strange nor controversial moment, but