jueves, 21 de junio de 2007

Speeches en el Oscar

Los discursos de aceptación del Oscar son particularmente interesantes. En cada ceremonia de la AMPAS hemos sido testigos de speeches conmovedores, o breves, algunos políticos (con abucheos o aplausos incluidos), otros larguísimos (con la música de la orquesta obligando al orador a dejar el escenario), y unos mas malísimos (como el de Reese Whiterspoon hace un año)... En fin, cada speech es único y algunas veces pasan a la posteridad en la historia de los Oscars. Escogí en esta ocasión algunos discursos que creo que vale la pena recordar por su significado especial. Espero que les gusten...

50th (1977) - Winner. Actress in a Supporting Role.
Vanessa Redgrave - "Julia". Acceptance Speech

"And I also think it's in part because we believed and we believe in what we were expressing – two out of millions who gave their lives and were prepared to sacrifice everything in the fight against fascist and racist Nazi Germany.

And I salute you, and I pay tribute to you, and I think you should be very proud that in the last few weeks you've stood firm, and you have refused to be intimidated by the threats of a small bunch of Zionist hoodlums whose behavior is an insult to the stature of Jews all over the world and their great and heroic record of struggle against fascism and oppression.

And I salute that record and I salute all of you for having stood firm and dealt a final blow against that period when Nixon and McCarthy launched a worldwide witch-hunt against those who tried to express in their lives and their work the truth that they believe in. I salute you and I thank you and I pledge to you that I will continue to fight against anti-Semitism and fascism."

75th (2002) - Winner. Documentary Feature.
Micheal Moore - "Bowling for Columbine". Acceptance Speech.

"Whoa. On behalf of our producers Kathleen Glynn and Michael Donovan from Canada, I'd like to thank the Academy for this. I have invited my fellow documentary nominees on the stage with us, and we would like to – they're here in solidarity with me because we like nonfiction. We like nonfiction and we live in fictitious times. We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons. Whether it's the fictition of duct tape or fictition of orange alerts we are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you. And any time you got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up. Thank you very much."

66th (1993). - Winner. Actor in a Leading Role.
Tom Hanks - "
Philadelphia". Acceptance Speech (Fragment).

"And there lies my dilemma here tonight. I know that my work, in this case, is magnified by the fact that the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels. We know their names. They number a thousand for each one of the red ribbons that we wear here tonight. They finally rest in the warm embrace of the gracious creator of us all – a healing embrace that cools their fevers, that clears their skin, and allows their eyes to see the simple, self-evident, common-sense truth that is made manifest by the benevolent creator of us all, and was written down on paper by wise men, tolerant men, in the city of Philadelphia, two hundred years ago."

73rd (2000) - Winner. Directing.
Steven Soderbergh - "Traffic". Acceptance Speech

"What I want to say is, I want to thank anyone who spends part of their day creating. I don't care if it's a book, a film, a painting, a dance, a piece of theater, a piece of music, anybody – anybody who spends part of their day sharing their experience with us, I think this world would be unliveable without art, and I thank you."

44th (1971) - Honorary Award.
Charlie Chaplin. Acceptance Speech.

"Words seem so futile, so feeble. You are all such lovely, beautiful people... thank you."

78th (2006). Winner. Actor in a Supporting Role
George Clooney - "Syriana". Acceptance Speech.

"Wow. All right, so I'm not winning director. It's the funny thing about winning an Academy Award, it will always be synonymous with your name from here on in. It will be Oscar winner, George Clooney. Sexiest Man Alive, 1997. Batman, died today in a freak accident at a -- Listen, I don't quite know how you compare art. You look at these performances this year, of these actors and unless we all did the same role, everybody put on a bat suit, and we'll all try that. Unless we all did the same role, I don't know how you compare it. They are stellar performances and wonderful work, and I'm honored, truly honored to be up here. And finally, I would say that, you know, we are a little bit out of touch in
Hollywood every once in a while. I think it's probably a good thing. We're the ones who talk about AIDS when it was just being whispered, and we talked about civil rights when it wasn't really popular. And we, you know, we bring up subjects. This Academy, this group of people gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters. I'm proud to be a part of this Academy. Proud to be part of this community, and proud to be out of touch. And I thank you so much for this."

75th (2002). Winner. Music Score.
Elliot Goldenthal - "Frida". Acceptance Speech

"But what I really want to say, and I'll do it quickly, is I want to dedicate this award to the bridges that we try to build, to the people of Mexico, to the artistic tradition and legacy of personal and political art. For you, Mexico."

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