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Monday, 26 March, 2001, 05:56 GMT 06:56 UK
Roberts: I love the world
Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts: Crowned queen of Hollywood
Julia Roberts, who has won best actress for Erin Brockovich as many predicted, whooped and yelled as she stood on the stage clutching her Oscar.

"I love the world, I'm so happy, thankyou," she shouted, gasping as she looked at the statuette: "It's quite pretty...".

She told the audience she did not need a TV, the reward this year for the shortest speech, as she already had one.

"So I'm going to spend some time up here."

Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe: Looked genuinely stunned
She said she had enjoyed the "sisterhood of being included in a group with Joan Allen, Juliette Binoche, Laura Linney and Ellen Burstyn for these last weeks."

And she thanked director Steven Soderbergh "who made me want to be the best actor I never knew I could be".

Best actor Oscar winner Russell Crowe has said his award shows that achievement like that is possible for anyone down on their luck.

Crowe, who looked genuinely stunned as his name was announced, said: "I owe this to one man and his name is Ridley Scott."

He added: "When you grow up in the suburbs of Sydney or Auckland or Newcastle, like Ridley or Jamie Bell, a dream like this seems kind of vaguely ludicrous and unimaginable.

"This moment is directly connected to those childhood imaginings. For anyone who is on the downside of advantage and relying purely on courage, it's possible."

Ang Lee
Ang Lee: Crouching Tiger doing well at the Oscars

Steven Soderbergh, who won best director for Traffic, said: "Suddenly going to work tomorrow doesn't sound like a good idea."

He added: "I want to thank anyone who spends part of their day creating. I don't care if its a book, a film, a dance, a play - anything. I think this would be unlivable without art."

Director Ang Lee thanked people in China who helped the making of best foreign language film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

"Thankyou to the enormously talented cast and crew who sacrificed so much, to my friends and family in Taiwan.

"To my collaborators in Hong Kong and to everyone, people in China who helped us so much to make this move."

Benicio del Toro won his first Oscar as best supporting actor for his role as a Mexican policeman in drug drama Traffic.

"I would like to dedicate this to two locations where we shot this film," said the Puerto Rica-born actor, 29, after thanking director Steven Soderbergh.

Marcia Gay Harden
Marcia Gay Harden: Best supporting actress
"I'd like to dedicate this to the people of Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Mexico,"

Best supporting actress for her role in Pollock, Marcia Gay Harden, thanked the Academy for watching her film in the first place.

"Members of the Academy, thank you for even taking the time to view the tape.

"Dad, thank you for helping me soldier on and Mom, thank you for helping me to do it gracefully."

She told reporters backstage: "You know, I swore that if I ever won an Oscar, that I would say thank you to all the waiters and waitresses who used to cover my shift for me so I could run downtown on the subway and audition. I wish I'd said something to the waiters."

Tan Dun said, after winning original score Oscar for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: "My music is to dream without boundaries. Tonight, with you, I see boundaries being crossed.


"As a classic musical composer, I am thrilled to be honored here."

Briton Jack Cardiff, who won the lifetime achievement Oscar for his cinematography for films like The African Queen, The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus, made a gentle speech saying he felt it was all like a film set.

"I am working on a movie, but this one tonight is a biggie.

"All these film extras and black tie - that's extra, we will be over budget - and this Oscar isn't really the real thing.

"A honour like this for a whole lifetime span has an awesome air to it."



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