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Past Acceptance Speeches by Oscar Nominees

No one knows who will win an Oscar tomorrow night (well, except for Jared Leto…and Cate Blanchette…). We can, however, look back and remember when some of this year’s nominees were Oscar winners. It’s fun seeing who the other nominees were – but a little shocking to see how young they all look in 1979 and 1983. If the shot of Paul Newman doesn’t make you a little weak in the knees, I’ll be surprised.

Plus a bonus video of Ellen Degeneres vacuuming – because she’s just so funny.

Be sure to join Midlife Boulevard on Twitter during the red carpet and the awards – use the hashtag #oscarsmlb – let’s compare notes!


2007: Oscar host Ellen Degeneres vacuuming.

1979: Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer

1983: Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice

1994: Tom Hanks in Philadelphia

1995: Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump

1999: Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love

2001: Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich

2004: Cate Blanchette in The Aviator

2010: Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

2011: Christian Bale in The Fighter

2012: Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady

2013: Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook

Sharon Greenthal

Sharon's blog, Empty House Full Mind, focuses on observations of the world from the midlife empty nest. Sharon is the Young Adults Expert on Sharon writes for the Huffington Post and Purple Clover. Sharon is the mother of two grown children - a daughter, 26 and a son, 24. She lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband and their perfect dog, Lambeau. Instagram: sharongreenthal

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Sunday 2nd of March 2014

OK, you are right...this does make me feel old(er). I had seen the oldest ones but have not yet seen the newer ones. Where have I been? Now I am using my Amazon Prime and Netflix to watch movies and love them both. There are too many books and movies and, in my case, not enough time.

Saturday 1st of March 2014

Such a fun post Sharon! I love the Oscars. The video of Ellen DeGeneres is classic!

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