Oscar Speeches: Cagney, James–Yankee Doodle Dandy

That peer esteem and peer recognition are some of the  Oscar’s most vital functions, even for veteran players, is easy to document.

James Cagney, winner of the Best Actor Oscar for “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” believed that “praise from your peers generates a special kind of warmth.” “I’ve always maintained,” Cagney said in his Oscar acceptance speech, “that in this business, you are only as good as the fellow thinks you are.”