Emotional Oscar Speeches Explained

A look behind why so many winners break into tears after winning an award.
3:00 | 03/02/14

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They say there's a fine line between pleasure and pain, which is why we cry when happy. Some of us. Why Oscar winners get teary thanking their mom, spouse and the academy. But the water works are a fairly recent development. Reena ninan is here with that story. It's annual ritual. Gathering for the academy awards. Sometimes the acceptance speeches appear like a tearful you Lowy. And the Oscar goes to -- This is how we have gotten used to seeing actors collect their oscars. But it's a far cry from old school Hollywood and their composure. Thank you to everybody. I want to thank my family, my good close friends. It was sally field who gave new meaning to Oscar acceptance speech. You like me. Right now, you like me. Opening up Oscar night's flood Gates. Thank you ever so much. Now Oscar tears are ever so much a part of the tradition. According to a new study, since 1995, 71% of Hollywood has turned on the waterworks when accepting the statue et. At the oscars, it's the end of a long campaign. They are relieved and get emotional. Statistics show the ladies break down twice as often as the gents. But the guys have their moments too. The woman I share my life with has taught me and demonstrates for me every day just what love is. Nothing triggers the tears better than the m-word. My mother. My mom, the most brave, beautiful woman I have ever known. And Matt's mother, the beautiful women here. For those trained to turn it on and off on cue, why can't they keep it together when it comes to that big night? Oh, my god. I remember that moment. And it's not just the tears you'll see tonight, but you'll hear lots of thanks. Thank you, academy, thank you to my agents. And, of course, those film executives and studios. Don't they have 25 seconds this year, I think? They imposed a time limitation. And they have a man with a stick, remember? Julia Roberts held up the stick. Please, stick man. This is my final -- Can you say that Ron Claiborne is looking dapper. You want me to bring you a

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