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Memorable Oscar Speeches

Oscar Speeches of Various Hues

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Oscar speeches come in all shades. Some are deep, others silly, while still others are downright pretentious. Read quotations from some interesting speeches.

Billy Crystal
It was 13 years ago when I first hosted the Academy Awards, and things sure have changed since then. George Bush was President, the economy was tanking, and we had just finished a war with Iraq. Yeah, things really have changed.

Charlie Kaufman, Best Original Screenplay, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Thanks to the Academy. 29 seconds. 27 seconds. That's really intimidating. I'll try to look somewhere else.

Richard Attenborough, Gandhi, 1983
Gandhi simply asked that we should examine the criteria by which we judge the manner of solving our problems. That surely in the 20th century, we human beings, searching for our human dignity, could find other ways of ultimately solving our problems than blowing the other man's head off. He begged us to reexamine that criterion.

Morgan Freeman, Best Supporting Actor, Million Dollar Baby
[On a double win for black actors] It means that Hollywood is continuing to make history. We're evolving with the rest of the world.

Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress, The Aviator
Thank you to Martin Scorsese. I hope my son will marry your daughter.

Warren Beatty
The Golden Globes are fun. The Oscars are business.

Whoopi Goldberg
No matter what you say to yourself, you do want to win. You try to look casual, like you're not thinking, 'Oh, please pick me.'

Billy Crystal
It's now official. There is no one left to thank in New Zealand.

John Dykstra, Best Visual Effects, Spider-Man 2
Boy, am I glad there wasn't a fourth episode of Lord of the Rings.

Joanne Lipman
Hollywood has its Oscars. Television has its Emmys. Broadway has its Tonys. And advertising has its Clios. And its Andys, Addys, Effies and Obies. And 117 other assorted Awards. And those are just the big ones.

Billy Crystal
I voted for Seabiscuit. That's the most realistic horse costume I've ever seen.

Robin Williams
[before opening an envelope] I feel like Adam when he said to Eve, 'Back up, I don't know how big this gets.'

Billy Crystal
All of the hobbits' wardrobe is now for sale at The House of DeVito, if anyone is interested.

Morgan Freeman, Best Supporting Actor, Million Dollar Baby
[On Clint Eastwood] If he hires you, he hires you because he feels like you know what to do. And he's very, very largely out of the way. He directs the picture, you do the acting. I love that, and I think that most of the people that he works with love that.

Pedro Almodovar
I fit very well, you don't know how much, with winning the Oscar. It happened before with Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. I get sad, especially for the people who surround me and the public who might stop me on the streets. It is a virtual responsibility.

Clint Eastwood, Best Director, Million Dollar Baby
[on his mother] She's here with me again tonight, so at 96, I'm thanking her for her genes. I figure I'm just a kid. I've got a lot of stuff to do yet.

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