The 5 Most Touching Acceptance Speeches by Women in Hollywood

Awards season is in full swing and with the Internet (and world) still recovering from the magic of Viola Davis' incredible acceptance speech at this year's Emmy Awards, we are hooked for more inspiration.

Check out the list below featuring five of the most inspiring acceptance speeches by women in Hollywood.

1. Lupita Nyong'o, 2014 Academy Awards

Hollywood darling Lupita Nyong'o made history at the Academy Awards in 2014 when she won an Oscar for her supporting role in "12 Years A Slave."  Not only did she receive a standing ovation upon accepting her award from the entire room, but Nyong'o delivered a touching speech, emphasizing that anyone can chase their dreams, regardless of circumstances. "No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid," Nyong'o cried.

2. Gina Rodriguez, 2015 Golden Globes 

No one expected Gina Rodriguez to take home the Golden Globe for her star role in "Jane The Virgin," but the doubters were certainly quieted after Rodriguez gave a memorable and heavy tear-inducing speech. The star recently landed a book deal, which will be inspired by her father's advice also mentioned in the speech, "I can and I did."

3. Maggie Gyllenhaal, 2015 Golden Globes

In her 2015 Golden Globes acceptance speech for her role in "The Honorable Woman," Gyllenhaal harped on the importance of the insurgence of roles for not just powerful women but for "actual women,” in which she described as "revolutionary and evolutionary.”

4. Meryl Streep, 2012 Academy Awards

Meryl Streep's running streak in Hollywood is pretty much everlasting, but her 2012 Oscar speech for her role  in "The Iron Lady" was equal parts charming and heartfelt. Streep noted that her number of wins do not compare to the value of the bonds formed, stating that "the thing that counts the most with me is the friendship sand the love and the sheer joy we have shared making movies together."

5. Kerry Washington, 2013 NAACP Image Awards

Kerry Washington is one of the most captivating orators in Hollywood, which is why it is such a delight to listen to her accept an award. In her acceptance speech for "Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series" at the 44th NAACP Image Awards, Washington spoke eloquently about the importance of pioneering for the arts as a form activism and storytelling. “Heroes look like all of us. We see ourselves in each other stories,” she proclaimed.

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