Oscar Speeches: Rocky–Best Picture

When Rocky was the surprise Best Picture winner in 1976, the producers said in their acceptance speech: “Thanks to the Academy for letting ‘Rocky,’ a million-to-one underdog, go the distance.”

John Avildsen, who won Best Director for this movie, added: “Rocky gave a lot of people hope, and Sylvetser Stallone gave his guts and his heart and his best shot.”