The stars gathered in Hollywood made sure they were heard at the 78th Academy Awards.
George Clooney won best supporting actor for Syriana
"Bjork could not be here - she was trying on her Oscar
dress and Dick Cheney shot her."
Jon Stewart harks back to Bjork's swan outfit of 2001.
"Oh my goodness, I never thought I would be up here in my whole life."
Reese Witherspoon, on collecting her best actress Oscar.
"I just had to do it. It told me so much about what
love is about."
Ang Lee on why he wanted to direct Brokeback Mountain.
"I didn't really work on anything (ie speech) because I thought there were four others who were going to win, so... strange."
George Clooney, backstage after his win for best supporting actor.
"Cracking cheese Gromit."
Nick Park and Steve Box, paying tribute to their winning creation Wallace.
"To come to the Oscars for the first time and be seven months pregnant is quite a thing!"
Nick Park's Wallace and Gromit triumped again
Rachel Weisz, named best supporting actress for The Constant Gardener.
"My mum's name is Marilyn O'Connor. She's here tonight and I would like if you see her for you to congratulate her because she brought up four kids alone and she deserves congratulations for that."
Philip Seymour Hoffman, on collecting his best actor award.
"Tonight is the night we celebrate excellence in film
- with me, the fourth male lead from Death to Smoochy."
Host Jon Stewart offered up his acting credentials early on.
"Looking out on these tuxedos tonight, it's like seeing the movie again. Thank you for this homage."
Yves Darondeau, March of the Penguins film-maker Yves Darondeau, accepting his best documentary feature award.
"I'd just like to thank everybody who was involved in the film, especially Brendan Gleeson and Ruaidhri Conroy. And Ruaidhri, I'm sorry that you couldn't be here tonight, but I hope next time if they let you into the country."
Martin McDonagh, winner of live action short for Six Shooter.
"People used to ask June how she was doing, and she would
say 'I'm just trying to matter.' I know what she means."
Reese Witherspoon pays tribute to June Carter Cash, who she played in Walk the Line.
"Just want to give a great big thank you to Helena Bonham Carter, and particularly to Peter Sallis who has been the voice of Wallace. He's here tonight, ladies and gentlemen, at the Oscars. He's been the voice of Wallace for the last 23 years and you've been an absolute gem, Peter and you've sparkled all the way."
Nick Park, accepting his award for Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
"I'm so proud to have worked in this movie, Brokeback
Mountain, a movie that once again showed us that love is
what makes us all very similar in spite that that we can be
so different too."
Oscar winner Rachel Weisz is seven months pregnant
Composer Gustavo Santaolalla in his acceptance speech for best original score.
"I'm just glad that Clooney doesn't do make-up. So it worked out well."
Howard Berman, winner of best make-up for Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
"There are a few names but we don't know if it's a boy or a girl. But Oscar isn't among them, that's for sure."
Seven months pregnant actress Rachel Weisz, on being asked whether she had chosen a name for her baby.
"I went to the Oscar luncheon and they told us to write a speech just in case so I tried to in the bathroom mirror and I just felt such an idiot. I think I'm quite safe not to."
Keira Knightley, who did not rate her chances of winning for Pride and Prejudice.
"It's been a great year for me. I can't complain."
Transamerica star Felicity Huffman on being asked whether she was disappointed not to win the best actress Oscar.
"This is fantastic to be here. I'm really excited. I
feel extremely blessed to be nominated for this movie. It meant so
much to me and everyone who worked on it."
Amy Adams, nominated for best supporting actress for Junebug.
"You can actually enjoy the show. The year of Ali it just goes so fast. You really want to enjoy the journey."
Will Smith, is relieved to be attending the event without being nominated.
"It's great at this stage in my life to still be in the running, that people appreciate you."
Dolly Parton, nominated for the song Travellin' Thru from Transamerica.