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What they said: Oscars in quotes
Clint Eastwood, best director:
There's a lot of great movies that have won the Academy Award, and a lot of great movies that haven't. You just do the best you can.

There's a lot of young guys coming along, but I'd like to say to the various financiers, don't forget the senior guys. The senior guys and gals are there, willing to do their best work for you.

I was kind of a little disappointed when they started building a competition between Marty (Martin Scorsese) and me. I have the greatest respect for him and all the films he's done over the years.

Jamie Foxx, best actor
Give it up for Ray Charles and his beautiful legacy. And thank you, Ray Charles for living.

In our music, in our everyday life, there are so many negative things. Why not have something positive and stamp it with blackness?

In tribute to his grandmother:
She still talks to me now, only now she talks to me in my dreams. And I can't wait to go to sleep tonight because we have a lot to talk about. I love you.

On fellow Oscar winner Sidney Poitier:
'I saw you once and I looked into your eyes and there was a connection.' He said, 'I give to you responsibility,' and I'm taking that responsibility tonight. Thanks, Sidney.

Hilary Swank, best actress:
I don't know what I did in this life to deserve all of this. I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream.

The truth is, after Boys Don't Cry, I realized how few and far between the great roles are. I am beyond thankful for finding Million Dollar Baby.

Morgan Freeman, best supporting actor:
Getting a standing ovation was kind of humbling that so many people are so happy that I have been named for this award. A lot of people say you're due - maybe you are, maybe you aren't - it's an accolade.

On a double win for black actors:
It means that Hollywood is continuing to make history. We're evolving with the rest of the world.

On Clint Eastwood, best director:
If he hires you, he hires you because he feels like you know what to do. And he's very, very largely out of the way. He directs the picture, you do the acting. I love that, and I think that most of the people that he works with love that.

Cate Blanchett, best supporting actress:
Thank you to Martin Scorsese - I hope my son will marry your daughter.

I don't have a sense of entitlement or that I deserve this. You'd be surprised at the lack of competition between nominees - I think a lot of it's imposed from the outside. Can I have my champagne now?

Working with Martin Scorsese was an absolute minute-by-minute education without him ever being grandiose about it.

Chris Rock, ceremony host:
Welcome to the 77th and last Oscars.

Aw, man, they gave 'em the Oscar on stage. Next they're gonna give the Oscars in the parking lot. It'll be like a drive-through Oscar lane. You get an Oscar and a McFlurry and keep on moving.

Brad Bird, best animated feature (The Incredibles):
Animation is about creating the illusion of life. And you can't create it if you don't have one.

Charlie Kaufman, best original screenplay (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind):
[under pressure to keep speech brief] Thanks to the Academy. 29 seconds. 27 seconds. That's really intimidating. I'll try to look somewhere else.

Valli O'Reilly, best make-up (Lemony Snicket):
I'd like to formally apologise to all the actors for making them look so unfortunate. But it was worth it, wasn't it?

Andrea Arnold, best short film:
I said dog's bollocks during the ceremony - was it beeped?

John Dykstra, visual-effects winner, Spider-Man 2:
Boy, am I glad there wasn't a fourth episode of Lord of the Rings.

Alexander Payne, director Sideways (best adapted screenplay), asked which wine he would drink to celebrate:
We're having some tequila.


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