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Who said what at the Oscars
The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson on the red carpet
Clean sweep: Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson
A selection of what the winners' said at the 76th Academy Awards - both at the ceremony and backstage afterwards.

Peter Jackson: Best film for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

  • At the ceremony: "This is just unbelievable I'm so honoured touched and relieved that the Academy has supported us and seen past the trolls, the wizards and the hobbits."

  • Backstage: Asked how he felt about the epic project, he said: "Right now it feels like I can do it all over again. It was absolutely worth it although it was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life."

    He said he and partner Fran had already begun working on King Kong, which was mainly being written in hotels around the world as he has been promoting Lord of the Rings.

    Talking about topping the success of the trilogy, he said: "The challenge is not to make films bigger and better than Lord of the Rings but just to make them entertaining."

    Charlize Theron: Best actress for Monster

  • At the ceremony: "This has been such an incredible year - I can't believe this. I'm going to thank everyone in South Africa - my home country - I'm bringing this home next week. I'd also like to thank my Mom - you have sacrificed so much for me to be here - I'm not going to cry."

    Sean Penn: Best actor for Mystic River

  • At the ceremony: Thank you - if there's one thing actors know other than that there weren't any WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) it's that there is no such thing as best in acting. That's proven by these great actors I was nominated with. I really thank Clint Eastwood professionally and humanly for coming into my life."

    Tim Robbins
    Tim Robbins spoke out for survivors of childhood abuse
    Tim Robbins: Best supporting actor for Mysic River

  • At the ceremony: "I'd like to thank my fellow nominees, who were all spectacular. In the film I play a survivor of abuse and I'd like to say there is no shame and no weakness in seeking help and counselling. It is sometimes the strongest thing you can do to stop the cycle of violence."

  • Backstage: "I would never have dreamed this a year ago because of some of the negative things being written when we (he and wife Susan Sarandon) opposed the war last year."

    Renee Zellweger: Best supporting actress for Cold Mountain

  • At the ceremony: "I am overwhelmed - thank you. I would like to thank the Academy for inviting me here tonight along side so many talented people.

    "I am honoured to be here with you. Jude and Nicole - such a privilege to go to work with you. Anthony Minghella you are brilliant - thank you for making me better as an actress. Thank you to Tom Cruise for showing me kindness and success are not mutually exclusive."

  • Backstage: "I can't remember my acceptance speech - it's all been a blur."

    Renee Zellweger
    Zellweger said her acceptance speech had been a "blur"
    Sofia Coppola - Best original screenplay:

  • At the ceremony: "I can't believe I'm standing here. Thank you to my Dad for everything he taught me and the film makers whose movies inspired me when I was writing this script. Every writer needs a muse - mine was Bill Murray."

  • Backstage: "I never thought my dad would watch me get an Oscar.

    "I was really nervous, my heart was pounding but I just jumped around and screamed and did my thing."

    Errol Morris - Best documentary feature for The Fog of War

  • At the ceremony: "Forty years ago this country went down a rabbit hole in Vietnam and millions died. I fear we're going down a rabbit hole once again. If people can stop and think and reflect on some of the ideas and issues in this movie perhaps I've done some damn good here. Thank you very much."

    Blake Edwards - Honorary award:

  • At the ceremony: "Thanks to the beautiful English broad with the incomparable soprano and the promiscuous vocabulary (wife Julie Andrews)."

  • Backstage: When asked about the furore surrounding Janet Jackson's infamous breast-baring performance that scandalised the US, prompting a five-second time delay on the Oscars broadcast, he added: "It's such hypocrisy. My wife did it in a film for Christ's sake and nobody complained, at least not to me."


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