OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND,accepting her second Best Actress Oscar for THE HEIRESS in 1949, spoke very formally and seriously:
“Your award for TO EACH HIS OWN I took as an incentive to venture forward. Thank you for this very generous assurance that I have not entirely failed to do so.”
GLORIA GRAHAME,accepting the Best Supporting Oscar in 1952 for THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, was short and to the point:
“Thank you vey much.”
RAY MILLAND, accepting Best Actor Oscar in 1945 for THE LOST WEEKEND, was lost for words, he bowed deeply to the audience , accepted his award and left the stage.
CORRECTION! I’ve just perpetuated this myth, but after seeing Ray’s Oscar acceptance on YouTube, here is the truth :
Ingrid Bergman presented the Oscar to Ray and he said,“Thank you. Thank you very much indeed. I am greatly honoured.”
JANE WYMAN ,accepting her Oscar for JOHNNY BELINDA made fun of herself:
“I accept this gratefully for keeping my mouth shut for once – I think I’ll do it again.”
EDMUND GWENN,accepting Best Supporting Oscar for MIRACLE ON 34th STREET in 1947, couldn’t conceal his pleasure:
“Whoow! Now I know there’s a Santa Claus……!”
KARL MALDEN got so excited when he received his award for A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE that he gave his speech before receiving the Best Supporting Oscar:
“I haven’t been here very long but I can tell you how I feel – great. thank you.”
HATTIE MCDANIEL gave a very emotional speech when she received her Oscar for GONE WITH THE WIND.
“…..My heart is too full to tell you just how I feel…”
(Prior to 1943, Best Supporting awards took the form of a plaque,and what looks like a miniature Oscar)
And my favorite from what I have researched so far is from JOSEPHINE HULL, accepting for her performance in HARVEY. All the others could take lessons from Josephine who seemed completely relaxed and happy to talk ,unscripted I’m sure:
“How wonderful of you. Thank you all very much. I’ve heard of these wonderful occasions for years and this is the first time I’ve been here.
I must thank that 6 feet,4 and a half inch ‘Harvey’. He has brought me happiness for the past 7 years. All the way from Boston and New York and through Universal-International.
They gave us a wonderful director,a wonderful star,a wonderful cast.