The 25 Weirdest Oscar Speeches

11. Roberto Benigni, Best Foreign Language Film, LIfe is Beautiful (1998)

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When the least uncomfortable part of your speech is climbing over chairs to get to the stage, you likely should've hired a speech writer. The strangest moment in Benigni's legendarily unorthodox acceptance had to be when he told Sophia Loren that "he wants to be rocked by the waves" of her beauty.

Despite the palpable discomfort in the air, the whole speech was redeemed when he said, "I would like to thank my parents...they gave me the biggest gift: poverty." Word.

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