Some memorable Oscar quotes

Here are some of the funny, witty, remarkable quotes from the ceremony and backstage.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 15:35 IST

The 78th Academy Awards show was a mix of political, humor and slapstick, thanks in large part to new host Jon Stewart. Here are some of the memorable quotes from the ceremony and backstage.

"Do you think if we all got together and pulled this down, democracy would flourish in Hollywood?"
- Stewart, pointing to a tall Oscar statue behind him and likening it to the statue of Saddam Hussein pulled down after the fall of Baghdad when U.S. forces entered the city in spring 2003.

"There are women here who could barely afford enough gown to cover their breasts."
- Stewart, joking that Hollywood was losing money to pirates who illegally copy movies and sell them.

"This is the year that Hollywood rewarded rule breakers."
- director Paul Haggis, who won best-picture and adapted screenplay for Crash.

"I miss my Mum very much."
- Paul Haggis on why he was emotional accepting the top award.

"Yes, I do, hometown movie."
- Larry McMurtry, screenwriter winner for Brokeback Mountain, asked whether he believed Crash won best picture because it was based in Los Angeles.

"Americans don't want cowboys to be gay."
Larry McMurtry, again on why Brokeback Mountain did not take the top award.

"I meant to say my husband and my daughter."
- Crash producer Cathy Schulman, clarifying to reporters why she accepted the best picture award by thanking "my husband and my wife."

"I really don't know ... In the box office, we did the best of all five nominees ... it just happens this way."
Ang Lee, who won the best director Oscar but lost to Crash for best picture, asked by reporters if Brokeback Mountain suffered because of its gay subject matter.

"It's the person you're playing. if you're playing the role just because of their sexual preference ... that's not a good idea."
- Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won best actor for playing gay writer Truman Capote, on playing gay characters.

"I'm here, I think, under false pretenses. I think I have to become straight with you. Ten years ago, 11 years ago, I had a heart transplant, a total heart transplant."
- director Robert Altman, 81, disclosing his decade-long secret on stage while accepting his lifetime achievement award.

"Capote showed America that not all gay people are virile cowboys -- some are actually effete New York intellectuals."
- Jon Stewart.

"Oscar isn't one of them."
- Rachel Weisz, supporting actress winner for The Constant Gardener when asked by reporters what she would consider naming her soon-to-be-born baby.

"We are a little bit out-of-touch in Hollywood. I think that's probably a good thing. We are the ones who talked about AIDS when it was only being whispered ... We talked about civil rights ... I'm proud to be part of this Academy, proud to be part of this community, proud to be 'out of touch.'"
- supporting actor winner George Clooney on the political messages in many of the nominated movies this year.

"I changed a lot of diapers ... got my hair done, got my nails down, got my makeup done and I was out the door."
Reese Witherspoon, best actress winner, telling reporters of her preparations before coming to the ceremony.

"Bjork could not be here -- she was trying on her Oscar dress and Dick Cheney shot her."
- Jon Stewart.

"The great thing about animation is timing. You can really control timing. Gromit is silent, but he got the best lines."
- British animator Nick Park, who won best animated feature for Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

"You know what, I think it just got a little easier out here for a pimp."
Jon Stewart after It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp from the movie Hustle & Flow, took the Oscar for best song.

First Published: Mar 06, 2006 15:35 IST