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Posted at 11:56 PM ET, 02/27/2011

The actors' Oscar acceptance speeches: Who said it best?

By Jen Chaney
Portman and Firth, newly minted Oscar winners. (AP)

The four Oscar-nominated actors expected to win in their respective categories -- Melissa Leo, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Colin Firth -- all did just that tonight.

But each one delivered a different sort of speech.

Melissa Leo looked awestruck, dropped an f-bomb, then closed by noting that "It's about selling the movies and respecting the work."

Christian Bale thanked his alter ego, Dicky Ecklund, and got choked up while acknowledging his wife's support.

Natalie Portman cried, thanked her parents and noted that her next role, as mother, is her most important one.

And then there was the impossibly British Colin Firth, who opened by noting that "I have a feeling my career's just peaked," and ended by saying "Now if you'll all excuse me, I have some impulses to attend to backstage."

So who said it best? Poll time, Oscar watchers.

By Jen Chaney  | February 27, 2011; 11:56 PM ET
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Comments

You should watch the entire broadcast next time. The best speech was by Luke Matheny. Second best was Randy Newman's. Why wouldn't you even put them in the poll. That Leo woman's was so obviously phony and overdramatic. I have never seen a less genuine television moment.

Posted by: DaveGeorge1 | February 28, 2011 7:51 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe the writer before me! Randy Newman immediately jumped to mind as the best speech of the night. I can't remember who Luke Matheny was, but if it was the documentary winner, I agree.

And I hated Melissa Leo's speech. So awful.

Of the group above, Colin Firth hands down.

Posted by: cococo | February 28, 2011 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, Luke Matheny was the short film winner from NYU. Loved his speech too.

Posted by: cococo | February 28, 2011 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, of the choices offered, Bale's is clearly the best. But if you included everyone's, I would've gone with Matheny's too. (Loved his movie as well. Glad it won.)

Posted by: rj2835a | February 28, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Agree on general unbelievability of Melissa Leo's speech. The further along it went the more I was not buying it as genuine.

Seriously, given the fact that she'd been winning throughout the season, she was 'shocked' puhleeze.

Posted by: LTL1 | February 28, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I for one, was disappointed with Colin Firth's comments. He has been so much more eloquent, charming, witty and funny on other occasions. He's probably very very tired of this long Oscar 'campaign,' so it's understandable.

Posted by: Kas300 | February 28, 2011 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Randy Newman's speech was the best. He was so genuine, sincerely hsppy and honored and extemporaneously funny.

Posted by: openingstar | February 28, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I've never liked her voice but I thought Portman's speech was the most sincere and down to earth. Very nice. Very simple.
Firth is so terribly eloquent that I always wonder if he didn't script it in his head. Bale was moving but very actorish and Leo, don't get me started on her. What a painful sight that was.

Posted by: Majesty | February 28, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Long after many of today's "hot" actors and actresses become footnotes, Randy Newman's music, cynical sense of humor and self-deprecation will be remembered. This is a totally objective observation from someone who has followed Randy Newman's music for about 35 years.

And you can leave your hat on.

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Posted by: zhenge122 | March 1, 2011 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Melissa Leo was one hot mess of tacky and tasteless.

Posted by: Jayne | March 1, 2011 5:10 AM | Report abuse

I actually liked the guy who said his mother saw a play, "The King's Speech" and told him that she had found his next movie. He said the lesson was to listen to your mother. That was a pretty decent acceptance speech. I thought the acceptance speeches were pretty much all horrid this time.

Posted by: forgetthis | March 1, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Leo not only took out adds showing her "style" in fancy gowns...she used vulgar language to even get more attention at the ceremony and it worked...so cute for a fifty year old!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | March 1, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I think Leo was responding to the offensive selection of a nonagenarian to give the award to her category.

If the Oscars wanted to give credit to Mr. Douglas, they should have given it to HIM, period. I was particularly offended by the selection. He was stupid and Leo was caught on that.

Posted by: coqui44 | March 1, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Melissa Leo is genuine and is also one of the most talented actresses today.
She takes roles that other individuals won't and works on independant films...not that any of you would know a good film even if it did bite you in the butt.
Who cares what she said...you can at least tell she did not rehearse it.

Posted by: Badger21 | March 1, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

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