Perfecting your Oscar acceptance speech is almost as tough as winning the gold statuette in the first place. An Academy Award win often marks the highest form of achievement in an actor’s career. However, it’s what the recipients say once they win the award that often makes front-page headlines. For decades stars have been using the Oscars stage as a platform to highlight causes important to them or the films they were recognized for. Often stars have also used the big moment to champion political and social causes that are close to them.
It’s no surprise that this awards season has marked a huge turning point in the entertainment industry. While sexual misconduct allegations continue to wreak havoc in Hollywood, many stars have been using their voices and red carpet fashion to amplify the #MeToo and #TimesUp initiatives. These initiatives were put in place to put an end to sexual assault, harassment, and inequality. With equality and women’s rights continuing to be at the forefront of conversations coming out of Hollywood, here is a look at the best empowerment speeches delivered by women at the Oscars. Oscar nominees, take note!
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