Oscar Speeches: Gaynor, Janet

Janet Gaynor

In her speech, Janet Gaynor, the first Best Actress (who won for three different roles), said, “I am deeply honored,” but she couldn’t continue as her voice cracked and tears filled her eyes, thus setting a standard for future speeches by female winners.

Embarrassed, Gaynor later sent a letter to the Academy: “This is an honor that I deeply appreciate. I regard the opinion of the Academy as so expert and unbiased that to be recipient of the award makes me very happy indeed.”

In 1937, Gaynor was nominated for her third (and last) Best Actress Oscar for A Star Is Born.