The Academy Awards are a fantastic evening for any fan of film, but especially for those involved in the filmmaking business. Not only is it a great celebration of all the excellent films that have been released over the year, but it is also an opportunity for directors, performers, writers, editors, cinematographers, animators, makeup artists and everyone else involved in the filmmaking process to make history and join the elite in their respective fields. This has resulted in some powerful, moving and entertaining speeches over the years, and today we are taking a look at 10 of the best.
10. Ben Affleck & Matt Damon – 1998
Whilst it can be touching to see your favorite performers and directors go up and be moved to tears by winning an Oscar, it is also refreshing and brilliant to see them simply be overjoyed by winning. This was the case in 1998 when Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won Best Original Screenplay for the fantastic Good Will Hunting (which they also both appeared in), as the childhood friends could barely contain themselves when they went up to the microphone. Between them they just about manage to thank everyone, but it is clear that they are overwhelmed with joy at picking up such as prestigious award and at such a young age, too. Matt Damon has since picked up three Academy Award nominations, with one of these this year for his performance in The Martian, whilst Ben Affleck won another in 2012 for Best Picture with Argo.