Oscar Speeches: Zaentz, Amadeus Producer, Longest Acceptance Speech

In the 1985 Oscar show, in which Milos Forman’s Amadeus swept most of the awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, producer Saul Zaentz gave the longest acceptance speech, which ran nearly 4 minutes (3:58 to be exact).

After being introduced by Sir Laurence Olivier, Saentz said: Gregory Peck and Larry Gelbart asked me to speak for 55 minutes so that the show will be four hours, but I only have 32 minutes prepared.

Sentz then named the five competing movies, which Olivier neglected to mention, commenting: The five pictures nominated all had a curious relationship in the fact that the filmmakers who made them had to fight and overcome many obstacles.”