1941. Best Actor Oscar for THE PHILADELPHIA STORY,James Stewart:
“It’s a great thrill for me to receive this trophy and especially from you, Mr Lunt.Thank you very much.” (Alfred Lunt, stage actor.)
1942. Best Supporting Oscar for JOHNNY EAGER,won by Van Heflin :
“I am so grateful to Mervyn Le Roy for helping me,to Metro Goldwyn Mayer,to Mr Mayer for giving me the chance, to the New York theatre for training me for it, to the Army for letting me come down and get this.”
1947,Best Actress Oscar for THE FARMER’S DAUGHTER, Loretta Young praised other nominees: “….Rosalind’s vitality, Joan’s expert craftsmanship in POSSESSED, the superb artistry of Susan Hayward, the magic and delicacy of Dorothy McGuire…” She ended,”And as for you (looking at the Oscar). At long last!”
1951.Best Actor Oscar for THE AFRICAN QUEEN,Humphrey Bogart: “It’s a very long way from the heart of the Belgian Congo to the stage of the Pantages Theatre and I am very glad to say it’s a little nicer here than it was there. I want to pay a big tribute to John Huston and Miss Katharine Hepburn because they helped me to be where I am.”
1956.Best Director Oscar for GIANT,George Stevens: “As the director chosen to come up here from this fine group of nominees,let me say for them and myself,the director’s chair is a wonderful place to do films from.”
Greer Garson got herself into the record books for the longest ever acceptance speech in 1942 for MRS MINIVER. It isn’t clear how long Greer spoke for.The Oscar academy has newsreel coverage of only portions of the speech amounting to just under 4 minutes.
However long it was, Joan Fontaine,who presented Greer’s Oscar and was standing behind her, eventually sat down!
Part of Greer’s speech: ” Ladies and gentlemen,distinguished visitors from the armed forces,Governor Warren,honored guests, Mr Chairman.Thank you.That is really all there is to say but as this after all is the opportunity of a lifetime,I hope you wont mind if I try to expand that word just a little….”
And so she went on – of course this was long before any time limit was set on acceptance speeches.