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Dusting Off: The Politically Charged Oscars Speech

  • Najib Benouar


Before the advent of the 24-hour news cycle and Twitter, a movie star’s biggest offscreen stage was an awards show podium.

And there was none grander than the Oscars. So if a celebrity wanted to unequivocally take their stance on the current state of government, war, immigration, gay rights or what have you, they’d have to win first—then decide whether it was more important to thank the list of people who got them there or go off-book on some rant that would surely ruffle a few feathers. (Or, in the case of Marlon Brando, send up a Native American woman to decline accepting the award on his behalf.)

It made for the sort of incredibly surreal moment that we’ve been seeing less and less of lately. And that’s a shame. So, in honor of those sometimes patronizing, sometimes endearing and always overly passionate moments of stardom, we’d like to look back at a few of the finer exhibitions of celebrity political grandstanding.

Let’s go to the video, shall we.»

Oscars, Oscars, and Amy Poehler


Dear Abby: Complex turns us on to the unique charms of British mini-star Abigail Clancy. Thanks, gentlemen. [Complex]

Blowhard 2, Blow Harder: A very brief, very critical history of Oscar speeches. [Esquire]

Slip Them a Mickey: Your guide to post-oscar careers, or exactly how long you’ll have to wait before Mickey Rourke is back on the street. [Vulture]

Regrets, I’ve Had a Few: Amy Poehler reconsiders a life in fashion. But not for very long. [BlackBook]