Oscars: Watch All the Winners' Acceptance Speeches

10:13 PM 3/4/2018

by Savannah Robinson, Lindsay Weinberg, and Charlotte Scott

How everyone from Frances McDormand to Guillermo del Toro fared in the challenge to keep speeches short this year.

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Oscar winners had a lot of speech material to work with this year, from the #MeToo movement to the recent "Never Again" outcry for gun control.

However, host Jimmy Kimmel encouraged all the award winners to keep their speeches brief — and the winner who gave shortest speech would go home with a jet ski (Phantom Thread costume designer Mark Bridges took the prize).

Below, see what all the winners said on stage this year.

  • 'The Shape of Water'

    There was no envelope mix-up this year when Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty returned to announce the best picture winner. In his speech, The Shape of Water director-writer-producer Guillermo del Toro reminisced on being a kid admiring the great filmmakers like Steven Spielberg. Del Toro said he is proud to be part of such a legacy, and dedicated his award to young filmmakers.

    "I was a kid enamored with movies. Growing up in Mexico, I thought this could never happen. It happens. And I want to tell you, everyone that is dreaming of a parable of using genre fantasy to tell the stories about the things that are real in the world today, you can do it. This is a door. Kick it open and come in," del Toro said.

    Producer J. Miles Dale then came to the podium to give his speech, but was muted and played off after beginning with, "This movie—." Kimmel asked him what he was going to say, and Dale responded, "Guillermo, this is his heart and it's everything."  

  • Guillermo del Toro

    The Shape of Water mastermind Guillermo del Toro approached the stage for his first win of the night, laughing and telling his story about being an immigrant. He was one of the few to get political in his speech, saying: "I think that the greatest thing our art does and our industry does is erase the lines in the sand. We should continue doing that, when the world tells us to make them deeper."

    He thanked Fox Searchlight, which listened to "a mad pitch" and "believed a fairytale about an amphibian God and mute woman ... was a sure bet."

  • Gary Oldman

    Gary Oldman won the award for best actor for his performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, something that he had only dreamed of as a young man in south London. "I would like to thank my mother, who is older than the Oscar. She is 99 years young, next birthday. And she's watching the ceremony from the comfort of her sofa. I say to my mother, thank you for your love and support. Put the kettle on. I'm bringing Oscar home."

  • Frances McDormand

    Frances McDormand compared the feeling of winning the Oscar for best actress to how snowboarder Chloe Kim “must have felt like after doing back to back 1080s in the Olympic halfpipe.” In a powerful moment, she then asked all the female nominees in every category to stand with her, and encouraged the audience to look around, “because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed.” She left the audience with two final words: inclusion rider. 

  • Sam Rockwell

    First-time winner and nominee Sam Rockwell dedicated his award to his late friend Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He credited his parents for his love for movies, recalling, "When I was 8 years old, I was sent to the principal’s office and my father was saying, ‘We have to go. It’s Grandma.' I said, ‘What’s wrong with Grandma?’ He said, ‘Nothing, we’re going to the movies.' My mom and dad's love of movies became my love of movies, so, thank you for that, mom and dad."

  • Allison Janney

    For her first Oscar nomination and first win, Allison Janney joked, “I did it all by myself,” drawing a huge laugh from the audience. She said her fellow nominees represent everything that’s “good and right and human about this profession.” In her speech, Janney awed over I, Tonya screenwriter Steven Rogers, saying, “Thank you for the gift of LaVona [Harding's mom, whom Janney portrayed]. I did not see this coming. You did. You give new meaning to the word 'friend.'” She even shouted out “the bird that elevated my work," referring to the parakeet on her shoulder during the film.
  • 'Call Me By Your Name'

    Wearing a sketch of star Timothée Chamalet's face on his shirt, James Ivory accepted the award for his adaption of the book Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman. "My rule No. 1 for a screenwriter who adapts a novel is to first thank the author, who wrote the story about first love and who is here tonight. A story familiar to most of us, whether straight or gay or somewhere in between, we've all gone through first love, I hope, and come out the other side mostly intact."

  • 'Get Out'

    Writer-director-producer Jordan Peele couldn’t stop smiling as he accepted the Oscar for Get Out. He said he stopped writing the movie 20 times because he “thought it was impossible,” but he kept coming back to it because he “knew if someone let me make this movie, that people would hear it and people would see it.” Peele dedicated the Oscar “to all the people who raised my voice and let me make this movie.”

  • 'Coco'

    Producer Darla K. Anderson and co-directors Adrian Molina and Lee Unkrich accepted Coco’s award for best animated feature. Anderson said, “Coco is proof that art can change and connect the world.” Unkrich gave the “biggest thank-you of all to the people of Mexico. Coco would not exist without your endlessly beautiful culture and traditions.” He said Coco takes a step “toward a world where all children can see characters that look and talk and live like they do.”

  • 'Icarus'

    Filmmakers Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan accepted the award for Icarus, a documentary exposing a Russian state-sponsored athletics doping program. "We dedicate this award to Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, our fearless whistleblower who lives in grave danger. We hope Icarus is a wake up call, yes about Russia, but in the importance of telling the truth, now more than ever," Fogel said.

  • 'A Fantastic Woman'

    Accepting the award for A Fantastic Womana transgender watershed — director Sebastián Lelio said the Oscar was “an amazing gift.” He took home the first Oscar and second nomination for Chile. Lelio thanked “the brilliant actor Francisco [Reyes] and the inspiration for this movie, Daniela Vega.” To all the “friends and artists” who helped make A Fantastic Woman, Lelio said, “I share this with all of you tonight.” 

  • 'Blade Runner'

    Winner Roger Deakins decided to ignore Jimmy Kimmel's challenge, dismissing it with, "I guess I better say something or else they'll give me a jet ski and I don't see myself on a jet ski somehow." He went on to thank the entire team, whether he's been working with them for 30 years or just met them for Blade Runner 2049. "I really love my job. I've been doing it a long time, as you can see, but you know, one of the reasons I really love it is the people I work with, both in front of the camera and behind the camera."


  • 'Phantom Thread'

    For a film that's an ode to fashion, Mark Bridges won best costume design. He thanked Phantom Thread's writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson for having him design the wardrobe. He also thanked "Daniel [Day Lewis], Lesley [Manville], Vicky [Krieps], the whole company of actors who were such great collaborators on this film. My brilliant, brilliant crew in London who worked tirelessly to make beautiful dresses."

  • 'Dunkirk'

    Previously nominated in this category for his work on The Dark Night and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, this was Lee Smith's first Oscar win. "Dunkirk was truly the most amazing film, and I'm very fortunate to have worked on it," Smith said.

  • 'Darkest Hour'

    Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick took home Oscars for their roles as hair and makeup artists in the film Darkest Hour. This was the third nomination and first win for Tsuji, and the first nomination and Oscar for Malinowski and Sibbick. Tsuji thanked Gary Oldman, Focus Features, the cast, the crew, his family, his friends and, of course, his cat. “This is a dream come true for all of us,” he said.

  • 'The Shape of Water'

    French composer Alexandre Desplat won for his original score in The Shape of Water. "Guillermo, thank you, you know, thank you for letting the music be the voice of your characters and convey the beautiful melancholy of love," he said as he also gave praise to the musicians who worked on the film.

  • 'Coco'

    The songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez accepted the Oscar for Coco’s “Remember Me.” Kristen noted that the other nominated songwriters were diverse and “close to 50/50 for gender representation.” Robert thanked Pixar for letting he and his wife be “part of this important celebration of Mexico, music and family.”

  • 'The Shape of Water'

    Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau and Jeffrey A. Melvin accepted the award for their production design on The Shape of Water. "Guillermo, may you keep dreaming up your monsters and their wonderful stories so people like us can help shape their world," Austerberry said.


  • 'Dunkirk'

    Richard King and Alex Gibson were awarded the Oscar for best sound editing. King thanked Dunkirk’s director, Christopher Nolan, and the film’s producer, Emma Thomas, for “including me in this amazing trip. It was an amazing film about an amazing event.” He also thanked his wife, Sue, and his son, Sam, for “putting up with me prattling on about stupid sirens for months.” Gibson thanked the Academy for including him in the nomination, calling it “historic.” This was the first nomination and Oscar for Gibson, and the sixth nomination and fourth win for King.

  • 'Dunkirk'

    The three sound mixing winners thanked their families and director Christopher Nolan for bringing Dunkirk to life. Gregg Landaker praised Nolan, who "entrusted us, encouraged us to try to make a difference in a soundtrack." Mark Weingarten also thanked Nolan "for making such a great movie that everybody saw it and got to hear our work."

    But it was Gary A. Rizzo that focused on his beloved family, especially his two daughters. Rizzo told them, "I love you. Hang onto your dreams. They are so, so valuable." 

  • 'Blade Runner'

    The four recipients of the best visual effects award for the film Blade Runner 2049 were played off by the orchestra halfway through the speeches, after just two had spoken. John Nelson stepped up to the mic with a "yes, yes, yes, yes!" followed by thanking Denis Villeneuve, "whose guts are seen in every frame of this film." Paul Lambert came next, commenting, "This is so surreal." He thanked his family for "putting up with the crazy hours of the last 22 years." 

    Richard R. Hoover leaned in to thank his friends in Montreal, "merci beaucoup, this is for you." And Gerd Nefzer topped it all off with a "danke schoen, Germany, thank you."

  • 'Dear Basketball'

    Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant won awards for their animated short film Dear Basketball, based on the letter Kobe Bryant wrote to The Players' Tribune in November 2015. "It's a message for all of us, whatever form your dream may take, it's through passion and perseverance that the impossible is possible," Keane said.

    "I don't know if it's possible," Bryant responded incredulously. "I mean, as basketball players, we're really supposed to shut up and dribble. I'm glad we do a little bit more than that."

  • 'Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405'

    Frank Stiefel cheerfully accepted the award for Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405, saying that his children were hosting an Oscars party that “probably just got a lot louder.” Stiefel said the “source of this film is the source of everything that’s gone well for me in the last 40 years: my wife B.J. Dockwiler.” And while thanking the documentary subject, artist Mindy Alper, Stiefel looked up to the sky and said, “To Mindy, who’s somewhere up there, Mindy, I’m really proud of this.” He said he “always knew that the only reason people would care about it is because we all care about you.”

  • 'The Silent Child'

    Rachel Shenton stepped up to give her speech for The Silent Child, and began signing her words. "I made a promise to our 6-year-old lead actress that I'd sign this speech. And my hands are shaking a little bit, so, I apologize."

    Shenton continued to sign as she shared her message about accepting deaf children in society: "Our movie is about a deaf child being born into a world of silence. It's not exaggerated or sensationalized for the movie, this is happening. Millions of children all over the world live in silence and face communication barriers and particularly access to education. So, deafness is a silent disability."

    Her co-winner Chris Overton then thanked his fiance, Rachel Shenton. "It's really your hard work for the last 12 years that has really made this project authentic."