Over the years, thanking your significant other has become commonplace in Oscar acceptance speeches. We now just expect to hear some spouse-gratitude in pretty much every acceptance speech. But luckily, scattered between all the average shout-outs are some super-sweet moments laced with a touch of romantic sentiment. With this list, we count down what we think are the 10 best acceptance speeches to date.
1. Tom Hanks. It was the second year in a row that Tom took home the Best Actor trophy when he won in 1994 for Forrest Gump. His win for Philadelphia the year prior was good, but we think he did one better with Gump—both in terms of performance and his acceptance speech. How could this adorable shout-out to wife Rita Wilson not earn him an Oscar nomination for best speech ever? "I am standing here because the woman I share my life with has taught me, and demonstrates for me every day, just what love is." Did we mention he totally welled up, also? So sweet.
2. Catherine Zeta-Jones. She was almost nine months pregnant when she scored the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Chicago. Catherine said, "And to my son Dylan, who is going to be watching at home, and to my husband, who I love and I share this award with you, along with this one, too," referring to her baby-to-be. Note to Natalie Portman if she takes the Academy Awards stage this year: This is the best way to acknowledge your man and your bun in the oven. Mrs. Michael Douglas did it so right.