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Pick of the Oscar speeches
A selection of the winners' acceptance speeches at the 75th Academy Awards.

Michael Moore
Shame on you, Mr Bush, shame on you
Michael Moore
Michael Moore

  • Best achievement in documentary features - Bowling for Coumbine

    Whoa. On behalf of our producers Kathleen Glynn and Michael Donovan from Canada, I'd like to thank the Academy for this.

    I have invited my fellow documentary nominees on the stage with us, and we would like to - they're here in solidarity with me because we like non-fiction.

    We like non-fiction and we live in fictitious times. We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious president.

    We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons. Whether it's the fictition of duct tape or fictition of orange alerts we are against this war, Mr Bush.

    Shame on you, Mr Bush, shame on you. And any time you got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up. Thank you very much.

    Nicole Kidman
    I am standing here in front of my mother and my daughter and my whole life I've wanted to make my mother proud - now I want to make my daughter proud
    Nicole Kidman

    Nicole Kidman

  • Best performance by an actress in a leading role - The Hours

    Thank you so much. Yes. Now I have to think. David Hare, I need your words.

    I have such appreciation and gratitude for this. Russell Crowe said, "Don't cry if you get up there." And now I'm crying. Sorry.

    Stephen Daldry, you took a huge chance on me. I am so grateful. David Hare, you gave me magnificent words to say. Scott Rudin, you fought so hard for this film to get it made. Paramount and Miramax, you made it.

    And Kevin Huvane, Rick Nicita, Marc Epstein stood by me for so many years. And I am just absolutely thrilled to be standing up here tonight.

    I do have to say, it was: "Why do you come to the Academy Awards when the world is in such turmoil?" Because art is important. And because you believe in what you do. And you want to honour that. And it is a tradition that needs to be upheld.

    At the same time you say there is a lot of problems in the world and since 9/11 there's been a lot of pain, in terms of families losing people, and now with the war, families losing people. And God bless them.

    And I am standing here in front of my mother and my daughter and my whole life I've wanted to make my mother proud. And now I want to make my daughter proud. So thank you.

    Catherine Zeta Jones and Sir Sean Connery
    My hormones are just too way out of control to be dealing with this
    Catherine Zeta Jones
    Catherine Zeta Jones

  • Best performance by an actress in a supporting role - Chicago

    Thank you so much my Scotsman giving the Welsh here, I can't believe it. Oh my gosh. This is too - I mean, my hormones are just too way out of control to be dealing with this.

    But, thank you so much, the Academy. To be nominated with such amazing women and an amazing year for women. Thank you very much. Everyone involved in Chicago.

    There's so many people involved. Rob Marshall, Harvey Weinstein, Craig, Neil and everybody, all the cast and crew.

    Everybody in Swansea, south Wales, I love you. And to my son Dylan who is going to be watching at home. And to my husband, who I love and I share this award with you, along with this one, too. Thank you so much.

    Adrien Brody
    They're already flashing time's up
    Adrien Brody

    Adrien Brody

  • Best performance by an actor in a leading role - The Pianist

    (He kisses Halle Berry) I bet they didn't tell you that was in the gift bag. Oh my God. Thank you. Thank you, really. Oh my goodness. It doesn't come out in slow motion, but it doesn't really ring a bell. The name - I didn't know my name. This Adrien?

    Okay. I haven't really written a speech because every time I wrote a speech for the past one of these things I didn't win.

    But, you know, there comes a time in life when everything seems to make sense and this is not one of those times. What I do know though is that I've never felt this much love and encouragement from my peers and from people I admire and from complete strangers.

    And it means a great deal to me. And if it weren't for the insomnia and the sudden panic attacks, this has been an amazing, amazing journey.

    My experiences of making this film made me very aware of the sadness and the dehumanisation of people at times of war
    I have to thank - they're already flashing time's up. I have to thank my mother and father, most importantly, for all the creativity and encouragement and they've been just real strength.

    They've given me a great deal of strength. What can I say? This film would not be possible without the blueprint provided by Wladyslaw Szpilman. This is a tribute to his survival. I'd like to thank Roman Polanski for the role of a lifetime. And for those of you who have seen the film and have sat through the credits, you know there are too many people to thank individually.

    I would not be there without all their efforts. And I thank them. And everyone worked extremely hard to make this film. And I have to thank Focus Features for getting us out there. To my longtime friend, manager, agent, consiglieri Joanne Colonna everybody at the firm, PMK/HBH.

    And you know, wait one second. One second, please one second. Cut it out, cut it out. I get one shot at this. I'm sorry. I didn't say more than five names, I don't think, but.

    This is, you know, it fills me with great joy, but I am also filled with a lot of sadness tonight because I am accepting an award at such a strange time. And you know my experiences of making this film made me very aware of the sadness and the dehumanisation of people at times of war.

    And the repercussions of war. And whatever you believe in, if it's God or Allah, may he watch over you and let's pray for a peaceful and swift resolution. Thank you.

    And I have a friend from Queens who's a soldier in Kuwait right now, Tommy Zarabinski and I hope you and your boys make it back real soon. God bless you guys. I love you. Thank you very much.

    Chris Cooper
    Working with Meryl Streep was like making great jazz
    Chris Cooper
    Chris Cooper

  • Best performance by an actor in a supporting role - Adaptation

    Take this in for one second. From the Academy to the womb that bore me, thank you.

    To all the nominees, it's a pleasure to be thought in your same company. To all the people in Adaptation who helped to make this the most enjoyable job I ever had, thank you.

    Charlie Kaufmann, Spike Jonze, Nicolas Cage, the fabulous beautiful wonderful Meryl Streep. Working with this woman was like making great jazz. You had a lot to do with this, so I thank you.

    To my wife, Marianne, you took on all the burden, thank you. And in light of all the troubles in this world, I wish us all peace. Thank you.

    Conrad W Hall

    Conrad W Hall

  • Accepting on behalf of his late father, Conrad L Hall, who won best achievement in cinematography

    A vouple of months ago this industry lost one of its legends. Many of you lost a great friend and collaborator. And I lost my father.

    It's been said that God gives each and every one of us the gift of life and what we do with that life is our gift back to him. I can't think of a better gift than my father.

    Dad, wherever you are, you will be gone, but you'll never be forgotten. Thank you.

    Pedro Almodovar
    I also want to dedicate this award to the people raising their voices in favour of peace and international legality
    Pedro Almodovar

    Pedro Almodovar

  • Best original screenplay - Talk To Her.

    Oh, my God. I know that to breathe is very expensive tonight, but I have to breathe. Well, first of all, thank you to the members of the Academy, for their generosity. This is, I mean, I don't know, this is really too much.

    And I would like to read something that is prohibited, but will be very short. You know, of course I dedicate this to El Deseo, to Sony Pictures Classic and all the people that helped me to make this movie.

    But I also want to dedicate this award to all the people that are raising their voices in favour of peace, respect of human rights, democracy and international legality. All of which are essential qualities to live.

    This award is also to them and to Spanish cinema and to all of you, because you are the witness of this wonderful moment of my life. Time's up. I'm sorry.

    Bill Guttentag and Robert David Port
    No matter where you're from, we're all New Yorkers
    Bill Guttentag (left)
    Bill Guttentag and Robert David Port

  • Best achievement in documentary short subjects - Twin Towers.

    Robert David Port: You did it Joe. On September 11th, Detective Joseph Vigiano and his brother John made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

    You all have honored them with this trophy. Thank you, Maury Povich, for everything. Thank you, Peter Jankowski, for your vision. Thank you, Alan Berger, for your guidance. And to my wife Lisa and son Dylan, thank you for your love and support.

    Bill Guttentag: I'd also like to thank some of the others who helped make this film. Dick Wolf, Lisa and Charles Engel, Dan Sturman, Kate Adler, Phil Marshall, Michael Schweitzer. No matter where you're from, we're all New Yorkers. Thank you very much.

    Peter O'Toole with Meryl Streep
    As I totter into antiquity, movie magic enraptures me still
    Peter O'Toole

    Peter O'Toole

  • Honorary award

    Meryl Streep, members of the Academy, distinguished guests, viewers, ladies and gentlemen - always a bridesmaid, never a bride, my foot.

    I have my very own Oscar now to be with me till death do us part. I wish the Academy to know that I am as delighted as I am honoured, and I am honoured. The magic of the movies enraptured me when I was a child. As I totter into antiquity, movie magic enraptures me still.

    Having already bagged this baby, as it were, and so spared uncertainties prior to the opening of an envelope, I'm able to think.

    I think of our colleagues, our old friends now gone, who played their parts in this ceremony. I think of the sumptuous talents alive and well and with us now. I think of the astonishing young, the gifted and able young men and women who I meet practically every time I go to work, and from whom I grab energy in handfuls.

    I think of the United States and of the loves and friendships I've known here for more than half a century, and of how much the nation has given to me both personally, privately and professionally. And I am deeply thankful.

    And now, at this last, you have given me this delightful shock. You're very good. Good night and God bless you.




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