Having an award for your acting prowess is one thing; how you receive it, is another. Read on for Golden Globes’ acceptance speeches that showed not only the artists' personalities but also their wit, humor, and grace:
1. Lady Gaga, Best Actress (Limited Series or TV Movie) for American Horror Story, 2016
"I could go through the entire cast because you’re all so talented and because of you, I was able to shine, I guess. So thank you for sharing your talent with me. I wanted to be an actress before I wanted to be a singer but music worked out first. To my family… I have to thank my team, you guys pick me up every single day and the things I put my body through and my mind through when I’m working, it makes me like a child I can’t even do things on my own. And you, allow that. You take care of me and you help me to explore my creativity in ways I never thought I could.”
2. Ben Affleck, Best Actor (Motion Picture – Drama) for Argo, 2013
"Look, I don't care what the award is. When they put your name next to the names she just read off, it's an extraordinary thing in your life… I also just wanna thank my three kids, Violet, Seraphina Rose, and Sam—I love you guys. I want to thank my wife who is the reason why I’m standing here. I adore you. I love you so much. Thanks for sitting through this. You are my everything. Thank you."
3. Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actress (Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical) for Silver Linings Playbook, 2013
"Oh, what does it say, I beat Meryl. Joke’s aside, David, thank you for believing in me and giving me a chance. There’s a reason why so many actors have thanked you from the stage. You are simply the best. Bradley, you're incredible, and you make me better every single day. Harvey, thank you for killing whomever you had to kill to get me up here today. Mom, people said you were crazy to believe in me, but you did it anyway. Dad, you taught me to laugh, and that has been my salvation through all of this. I want to thank my brothers, I wouldn't be where I am today without you being mean to me... but then really supportive and loving. So thank you."
4. Matt Damon, Best Actor (Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical) for The Martian, 2016
"With a little more context, I know how lucky I am to do this for a living. When people go see movies, it’s kinda rare. I’ve made a lot of movies that people just didn’t go see. So to make one that everyone enjoyed this much… we had this incredible crew, and incredible cast, and it all came down to Ridley Scott…"
5. Robin Williams, Best Actor (Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical) for The Fisher King, 1992
"I think I would like to thank a woman who is my muse, my flame, Marsha, my wife. I love you."
6. Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Actor (Motion Picture – Drama) for The Revenant, 2016
"Lastly, I want to share this award with all the First Nations people represented in this film and all the indigenous communities around the world. It is time that we recognize your history and that we protect your indigenous lands from corporate interests and people that are out there to exploit them. It is time that we heard your voice and protected this planet for future generations."
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