Academy Awards Acceptance Speech Database

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Acceptance speeches are transcribed from video and audio recordings of the Awards ceremonies. The Academy's holdings for full ceremony coverage begin with the 1943 (16th) Annual Awards, and while there is fairly good audio coverage for the radio broadcast portion of the ceremony during the 1940s, there is only scattered newsreel footage or audio coverage for earlier years. Transcripts are edited to the best of our ability to represent correct name spellings. If you have information that may help improve the quality of our transcripts, please contact the Academy Awards transcript editor at (310) 247-3000, ext. 2208 or through the Margaret Herrick Library's email reference service.

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The work of creating transcripts for all acceptance speeches given during an Academy Awards ceremony is ongoing and continues in reverse chronological order. Additional transcripts will be added to the database as they become available. However, if a transcript for a particular speech is not currently in the database, there are several options you can choose from.

Watch a video: It may be possible to view a videotaped segment of the Awards telecast at the Academy Film Archive in Hollywood. To inquire about their holdings or to set up a viewing appointment, contact the public access coordinator for the archive at (310) 247-3000, ext. 2332 or Other institutions with video coverage of the Awards ceremonies include the UCLA Film & Television Archive in Los Angeles and the Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles.

Listen to audio: Audio recordings of the ceremonies, which include some of the Academy's earliest holdings, are a part of the Music and Recorded Sound Collection in the Department of Special Collections at the Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills. To inquire about their holdings or to set up an appointment, contact the library's music and recorded sound specialist at (310) 247-3000, ext. 2236 or

Contact the National Film Information Service: NFIS, a fee-based research service of the Margaret Herrick Library, can transcribe a specific speech for you. Contact information and a description of services may be found on the library's website.


Transcripts are provided for research/informational purposes only. If you wish to publish a transcript in whole or in part, be advised that there may be publicity rights you need to clear in addition to any rights held by the Academy. The Academy owns the copyright on its telecast. For Academy clearance, contact Scott Miller, Academy Assistant Counsel, at (310) 247-3000.