A NEW website launched by organisers of the Oscars has recorded Hollywood's memorable acceptance speeches, including those by Hollywood's most tearful actresses.
Weepy actresses and Oscar night go hand in hand.
Now, those tearful acceptance speeches can be relived in all their glory as Oscar night approaches on Sunday.
A new database launched by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences allows film fans to look up what the stars said as they clutched their golden statue, often wiping away a tear.
Users are invited to type in “keywords” to find an Oscar acceptance speech from the Academy’s archive.
The word “cry” brings up a host of memorable speeches from tearful actresses including Nicole Kidman, Sally Field and Shirley MacLaine.
The latter opened her acceptance speech in 1983 with a warning that the tears were about to flow.
Accepting the best actress award for her role in Terms of Endearment, she announced: “I’m going to cry because this show has been as long as my career.
"I have wondered for twenty-six years what this would feel like. Thank you so much for terminating the suspense.”
When Kidman won the best actress award in 2003 for The Hours directed by David Hare, she admitted that Russell Crowe, her fellow Australian actor, had warned her against tears on the podium, to no avail.
She said: “Russell Crowe said don’t cry if you get up there, and now I’m crying. Sorry.”
Field, who is once again nominated this year as best supporting actress for her role in Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Lincoln, was another memorable weeper in 1980, when she won her first Oscar for her role in the film Norma Rae.
“Oh, I’m going to be the one to cry tonight, I’ll tell you right now,” she said. “They said this couldn’t be done.”
However, the database shows that some actresses have fought off their tearful urges.
When Charlize Theron won an Oscar in 2004 for her lead role in Monster, she ended her speech with the words: “And I’m not going to cry. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
The website also dispels the myth that actresses often thank the host of stylists who prepare them for their roles and the red carpet.
According to the database, hairdressers have only ever been thanked twice – once by Cher in 1988 who paid tribute to her hairstylist on the film Moonstruck, and previously in 1947 when Olivia de Havilland thanked the hairdresser on the set of To Each His Own.