Suraj Sharma, who played Pi Patel in the film, sat teary-eyed when he watched his director walk up to the stage. Lee couldn't help but praise the debutant actor, saying, "Wonderful cast. Suraj, where are you? You're a miracle. He's playing the young Pi, carrying the movie. Everyone of you in the cast. I cannot waste this time talking about them. You're the golden statue in my heart."
The Brokeback Mountain (2005) director, to everyone's surprise, said "namaste" to round off his acceptance speech. He said, "My Indian crew, I love you. My Canadian crew, I love you. My family in Taiwan. My wife, Jane Lin. We'll be married 30 years this summer… I love you. My boys, Han and Mason, thank you for your support. Thank you, Academy. Xie xie, namaste."