It’s one of the most time-honored traditions for award shows: the speeches. You never know quite what you’re going to get when a star gets on stage to accept an award or introduce a performance. Some are short and sweet, others are lengthy and elaborate, a few are funny, and some are just plain odd. The best kind of award show speech, though, is the kind that sticks with you long after the cameras have stopped rolling and the red carpet has been rolled back up. These are the speeches that address something important, shed light on issues, and speak words of inspiration and hope to the audiences watching.
If you’re looking for some inspiration today, check out some of these incredible and touching speeches from award shows over the past few years.