The 15 Worst Celebrity Award Acceptance Speeches in History

Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston accepts the Golden Globe award for Best Actor | Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Award shows are known to have some crazy moments. That includes celebrities wearing the most outrageous outfits and times when something goes terribly wrong during a performance. But speeches can often make or break an award show.

Speeches are often just a boring list of who made the award possible, but sometimes, they can move people to tears and are truly inspiring. There are also speeches that are just remarkably terrible. Perhaps it’s due to the celebrity not caring enough, or a celebrity who is just publicly patting himself or herself on the back. Then there is the odd chance that the celebrity gets sabotaged altogether by someone else. So what are the worst acceptance speeches? Here are the 15 worst celebrity award acceptance speeches in history.

15. Tom Hiddleston’s self-congratulatory speech


The actor got Best Actor in a Limited Series at the 2017 Golden Globes. It seemed like he was going to tell a touching story about Doctors Without Borders in South Sudan. Instead, he circled the long way back to his work by talking about how the doctors would watch The Night Manager at the end of the day. This ended up rubbing a lot of people the wrong way. He later apologized for his out of touch speech on Facebook.

In truth, I was very nervous, and my words just came out wrong. Sincerely, my only intention was to salute the incredible bravery and courage of the men and women who work so tirelessly for UNICEF UK, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and World Food Programme, and the children of South Sudan, who continue to find hope and joy in the most difficult conditions. I apologise that my nerves got the better of me.

Next: When this actress thanked her brother it made a few people uncomfortable.

14. Angelina Jolie’s ‘I’m so in love with my brother’ speech

The beautiful actress won Best Supporting Actress for Girl, Interrupted. However, her success was somewhat outshined by the fact that she kissed her brother passionately on the lips on the red carpet. She then started off her speech with, “I’m in shock, and I’m so in love with my brother right now.” The weird situation was definitely in the news for quite some time as fans were trying to figure out what was going on between the two of them.

Next: This actor proceeded to do a workout in his speech.

13. Jack Palance’s one arm push-up speech

The actor won Best Supporting Actor for City Slickers. His acceptance speech focused on ageism in Hollywood, but instead of just using his words the actor decided to start doing push-ups on stage. He got through them and got some laughs, however, his demonstration probably distracted people away from his point and came across as desperately needing to prove something.

Next: This MTV speech is what launched a long-lasting feud.

12. Taylor Swift’s interrupted speech

Taylor Swift‘s Best Female Video VMA speech is notoriously one of the worst, but it’s not her fault. She was interrupted by Kanye West who decided it was appropriate to tell the world, “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!” The pop star was able to rebound, but West didn’t and became one of pop culture’s biggest villains.

Next: This speech is so bad it’s good and is often quoted.

11. Sally Field ‘you like me’ speech

This speech is comparatively harmless and actually pretty endearing. However, it was so dramatic and over-the-top that it was spoofed and referenced many times in pop culture. The actress won an Oscar for Best Actress for her film, Places in the Heart. She ended on the note “I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now you like me.” Yes, we do Sally Field, even when you are genuine to the point that it hurts to watch.

Next: This actor bragged about being out of touch.

10. George Clooney’s ‘proud to be out of touch’ speech

Hollywood has often been vilified and accused of being in its own bubble politically. When George Clooney won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Syriana he decided to make a speech on that topic. He actually made multiple great points, talking about times when Hollywood was ahead of the time. However, perhaps he should have focused more on those moments rather than taking the “out of touch” accusation as a badge of honor. His speech was mocked on South Park‘s episode, “Smug Alert.”

Next: This actor was slammed by his presenter for his shady past.

9. Casey Affleck’s 2017 Oscar Speech


The actor won an Oscar for Best Actor in Manchester by the Sea. In the same year, many celebrities were using their speeches to speak out against Donald Trump. He acknowledged he was going a different route with “Man, I wish I had something bigger and more meaningful to say, but I’m really proud to be part of this community in general.”

There was also an elephant in the room. This was the same year actresses and women were speaking more about sexual harassment and rape. Brie Larson had to give Affleck his award but she refused to clap for him and it was later hinted it was because Affleck was previously sued by two women he worked with for sexual harassment.

Next: This band could barely say thank you.

8. Pearl Jam’s ‘thanks, I guess’ speech

Mike McCready (L) and Eddie Vedder are playing guitar and bass facing each other on stage.

Pearl Jam | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

The band got a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for “Spin the Black Circle.” Eddie Vedder seemed pretty shocked by the win, and said, “We just came to relax. I just wanted to watch the show.” He then dissed the award by saying, “I don’t know what this means. I don’t think it means anything.” Vedder then wrapped it all up in a nice bow with, “thanks, I guess” to close out his speech.

Next: This actress barely gave a speech as a joke.

7. Merritt Wever’s laughably short Emmy speech

The inclusion of this speech on the list could be debated. The actress won an Emmy for her role in Nurse Jackie. Rather than giving a speech, she said “thank you so much” twice before leaving the stage. Chances are this was meant to be funny, however, some people were rubbed the wrong way by Wever not taking the time to give an actual speech.

Next: This actress was interrupted repeatedly because she was giving her speech the wrong way.

6. Valerie Harper’s confused microphone speech

The actress won an Emmy for The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Her speech was interrupted twice by the hosts who had to remind her to speak into the microphone and not her trophy. She never actually does, but luckily we are able to hear her most of the time.

Next: This actor was called out for pushing someone aside to give his speech.

5. James Franco pushes aside Tommy Wiseau

James Franco in The Disaster Artist

James Franco in The Disaster Artist | A24

The actor played Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist and his performance won Best Actor at the Golden Globes. But things got weird when accepting the award, Wiseau also took the stage. Wiseau then reached for the microphone and James Franco pushed him to the side. It was a terribly awkward moment and many fans of Wiseau weren’t happy with Franco.

Next: This award speech was pointless because the movie didn’t win.

4. La La Land‘s pointless Best Picture speech


So no matter what the producers of the musical were set up to fail because the movie didn’t actually win this award in the end. Moonlight did so the La La Land speech went on for quite a while which did a disservice to Moonlight when it came to their speech time.

Next: This comedian offended a religious group with her speech.

3. Kathy Griffin’s Jesus slam


It’s not really surprising that the controversial comedian would use her speech as a time to make a joke. She accepted an Emmy award for My Life on the D-List. She then said, “A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. Suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now.”

Next: This writer quoted himself in his award speech.

2. James Cameron’s ‘the king of the world!’ speech


Titanic made a record for the number of Oscars it was nominated for and won. But even though your writing was part of that success quoting yourself is probably not the most tasteful thing to do. However, Cameron went for it when accepting his Oscar by saying he was the king of the world.

Next: This award show was stalled because the winner was in the bathroom.

1. Christine Lahti misses her Golden Globes moment


The Chicago Hope actress won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a television drama. The problem was she was in the bathroom when it was announced and Robin Williams had to stall on stage until she could come and get it. “I was in the bathroom, mom!” she said jokingly when she finally made it to the stage.

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