The Award: Best Actor in a Leading Role for Kramer Vs. Kramer
The Speech: Having publically bashed the Academy back in the '70s, it looked a bit tricky when Hoffman was given the award in 1980.
But instead of taking the podium to re-state his previous comments, Hoff goes up there to explain his reasons in a heart-felt, emotional oration.
"I'm up here with mixed feelings," he says. "I've been critical of the Academy... and for reason. I'm deeply grateful for the opportunity to be able to work. I'm greatly honoured for being chosen by the producer Stanley Joffe and the director Bob Benton, and to have worked in a family with them.
We are laughed at when we are up here sometimes, for thanking, but when you work on a film, you discover that there are people who are giving that artistic part of themself that goes beyond a pay check. And they are never up here, and many of them are not members of the Academy, and we never hear of them."