Monday, February 25, 2013

85th Academy Awards speeches

Here are excerpts from the speeches at last night's 85th Annual Academy Awards.

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Thank you. Thank you so much, Mr. De Niro, Mr. Arkin, Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Jones, my respect. My… my unlimited gratitude goes to Dr. King Schultz. That is, of course, to the creator and the creator of his awe-inspiring world – Quentin Tarentino. And I thank Jamie Foxx and Leo DiCaprio. Sam Jackson and Kerry Washington. ... We participated in a hero’s journey – the hero here being Quentin. And you scale the mountain because you’re not afraid of it. You slay the dragon because you’re not afraid of it and you cross through fire because it’s worth it. I borrowed my character’s words so sorry – couldn’t resist. Thank you.

Short Film (Animated)
Paperman, John Kahrs

To everyone at Disney, particularly John Lasseter, Ed Catmull and Andrew Millstein who have just been great at revitalizing the studio. To Kristina Reed my producer, the cast and crew, everyone who helped on it. They made it so much better than I could ever have hoped.

Animated Feature Film
Brave, Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

Mark Andrews: I just happened to be wearing the kilt; I didn’t plan any of this. I’d like to thank the Academy for this incredible honour. Making a movie has its own story.
Brenda Chapman: I’d like to give a shout-out to my wonderful, brave, strong daughter Emma, who inspired Brave into being. So thank you to her and my husband, and our incredible cast and crew.

Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda

This movie was quite a beast to make. We did it, and the thing what I had, was so much, was so great that everyone was just really, totally there and supportive. I mean, I was really into Ang and the beautiful world that we created. It was like one challenge, when you're a cinematographer and there's one thing, when you have your eyes and just kind of go up and up and up and you just kind reach this thing. They get really excited, there's exciting scenes for me that I love, like the candles and the things that we did that was nuts. But it was really great. And I'd like to thank everyone that made this thing totally possible, the Academy, Fox, and oh my God I can't even speak – I know wrap up now.

Visual Effects
Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott

The irony is not lost on any of us up here that in a film whose central premise is to ask the audience what they believe is real or not real, most of what you see is, well, it’s fake. That’s the magic of visual effects. I want to thank Gil Netter and Elizabeth Gabler and all those at Fox and Fox 2000 for realizing that sometimes it takes a risk to make something special. And Life of Pi was a risk worth taking. To our director, Ang Lee, you were an inspiration and you made it an incredible journey for all of us. To David Womark, Mike Malone and Tommy Fisher for making a wave tank that kept us from having to go out to the real ocean and John Kilkenny for inviting all of us to the party in the first place. to my family for all the sacrifices they made, Gabrielle I love you so much, to my children: Christopher, Thomas, Alexander and Samantha, thank you for inspiring me every day, my mom and dad thank you for telling me to do any crazy career choice I wanted. Finally, I want to thank all the artists who worked on this film for over a year, including Rhythm & Hues. Sadly Rhythm & Hues is suffering severe financial difficulties right now. I urge you all to remember….

Costume Design
Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran

This is absolutely overwhelming. And I’d like to accept it on behalf of the great team that worked with me on Anna Karenina. A wonderful director—Joe Wright. And fantastic producers at Working Title and my children for bearing with me. They’re completely oblivious to this. They’re fast asleep.

Makeup and Hairstyling
Les Misérables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Lisa Westcott: It’s quite overwhelming. I must pay a huge tribute to the team who worked so incredibly hard and were so talented. And I feel that I own only a little bit of this and the rest goes to them. Thank you very much.

Short Film (Live Action)
Curfew, Shawn Christensen

A big thank you to the Academy for supporting short films. This has been wonderful and I only have T-minus 2 seconds to do this so I'm just going to go for it. My producer in crime, Damon Russell, I love you man, we would not be here without you, brother. My co-star, 12-year-old co-star, Fatima Ptacek, her performance was so incredible. Nobody even remembers I'm in the film because of you, you are incredible. Mara Kassin, Andrew Napier, thank you so much. The incredible cinematography from Daniel Katz and putting together that wonderful crew, thank you so much. All of our friends, family, crew in New York and in France. Ouat Media, Caliber Media, Verve Talent, my beautiful mother, my devilishly handsome father, and the center of my universe, my dearest Nina. Thank you. I love you all.

Documentary (Short Subject)
Inocente, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

Andrea Nix Fine: Thank you so much for this. We just want to thank, quickly, our amazing producer, Albie Hecht, who went the distance for this and Susan and Yael and Ryan and Jeff Consiglio our incredible editor who was with us on all our artistic exploits.
Sean Fine: And most of all, we want to thank this young lady who was homeless just a year ago and now she's standing in front of all of you and she's an artist and all of you are artists and we feel like we need to start supporting the arts. They're dying in our communities. And all of us artists, we need to stand up and help girls like her be seen and heard. It's so important. Thank you.

Documentary (Feature)
Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn

Simon Chinn: Oh boy! Thank you so much, thanks to the Academy, very, very kind. Thanks to one of the greatest singers ever, Rodriguez, Stephen "Sugar" Segerman, Craig Bartholomew, Camilla Skagerström, SVT, SFI, all my friends and family and Sony Classics, the best distributor on this planet.

Malik Bendjelloul: I also want to thank Sony Classics, Tom and Michael. I want to thank John Battsek, Andrew Ruhemann, the team of Passion Pictures, Josh Braun at Submarine, and my dear wife Lara, without whom I wouldn't be able to do any of this. Rodriguez isn't here tonight because he didn't want to take any of the credit himself and that just about says everything about that man and his story that you'd want to know.

Foreign Language Film
Amour, Michael Haneke (Austria)

Thank you very much for this honour. I have to thank Michael Barker, Tom Bernard from Sony Classics, thank you very much. Thank you to my producers, they are here, all… Margaret Menegoz, Michael Katz, Veit Heiduschka and Stefan Arndt. Thank you to my great crew. Thank you to my wife, she was a member of the crew. She's supporting me since 30 years. You are the center of my life. And thank you above all to my both main actors, Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant because without them I will not stay here. Thank you.

Sound Mixing
Les Misérables, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes

Andy Nelson: Thank you so much. What an amazing honour to receive this tonight—the night that Oscar celebrates musicals. It's fantastic. A huge thank you to Tom Hooper, our director. An amazing cast that brought all the passion and the heart of the story to the screen. We thank you so much.

Sound Editing
Skyfall, Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
Zero Dark Thirty, Paul N.J. Ottosson

Paul N.J. Ottosson: To the Academy, thank you, this is such an honour. Kathryn, what a fantasticmovie. And my crew. I was fortunate to be here a few years with The Hurt Locker. I was awarded two of these. I woke up in the morning, 7:00 and our son said, “One for mommy, one for daddy.” And he looked at me and said, “Where’s mine?” And Theo, I love you. Karen, I love you.

Per Hallberg: Well, thank you to the Academy. This is so cool. We always wished we could work on a Bond movie and we never quite thought that was going to happen. But it did, and we just want to thank Michael and Barbara for inviting us to the family. Then we got Sam Mendes as the director and that just made it even sweeter. We got to mix for our friends Scott and Greg, and now this.
Karen Baker Landers: And I just want to say that all the other nominees in this category, we’re all storytellers. We just tell our story through sound and this is a huge honour.

Actress in a Supporting Role
Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables

It came true. Thank you so much to the Academy for this and for nominating me with Helen Hunt, Jacki Weaver, Amy Adams and Sally Field. I look up to you all so much and it's just been such an honour. Thank you. There are so many people whose generosity and support is the reason I'm standing here right now. I must thank Hugh Jackman. Hugh, you're the best. The cast, the crew, especially Simon Hayes and the sound wizards. Congratulations on tonight, you guys. The creative team behind Les Misérables, Cameron Mackintosh, Tom Hooper ... I want to thank my friends, especially the ones who are cheering from Crosby Street tonight. My family, who I'm so blessed to be a part of. My husband. By far and away, the greatest moment of my life is the one when you walked into it. I love you so much. And thank you for this. Here's hoping that someday in the not too distant future the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories and never in real life. Thank you.

Film Editing
Argo, William Goldenberg

Thank you, members of the Academy, for honouring Argo with this award. I really, really appreciate it. I want to thank my great crew, Brett, Joe and Paula. I want to thank Warner Bros. And I want to thank our great producers, George Clooney and Grant Heslov. And Chris Terrio for writing an editor's dream for a screenplay. And Ben, I share this with you. You're my brother, I love you. And thank you for this.

Production Design
Lincoln, Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Rick Carter: Very much not prepared for this. Jim Erickson, who's the set decorator, shares this honour. And all of us who worked on this movie of Lincoln, I think in our own ways tried to be worthy of a legacy that's way beyond all of us, especially Steven and Kathy and Tony and Sally, but of course, Daniel, who actually convinced us that he was Lincoln. And the legacy that I think that he personified for all of us goes to our heart and it's worth far more than any gold any of us could ever have and I just thank you, and I love my wife, Adele.

Music (Original Score)
Life of Pi, Mychael Danna

I share this wondrous award with our visionary captain, Mr. Ang Lee. There he is, we're playing this game again. You've guided a truly global cast and crew in the telling of this wondrous, beautiful story that transcends culture and race and religion. In the same spirit, musicians from around the globe came together to breathe life into this music and I hold this award on their behalf. I want to thank my beautiful Fox family, my mom, who's in a balcony here watching, my father who's also watching. And most of all, my wife Aparna and our two beautiful boys, Arjun and Keshav, who remind me every day why stories like this need to be told.

Music (Original Song)
"Skyfall" from Skyfall, Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Adele: This is amazing. I'd just like to thank Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson at Eon Productions. Sony Pictures, MGM, Paul Epworth, who, oh God, for believing in me all the time, and my man, I love you, baby.
Paul: Thanks very much. I can't really believe I'm up here to receive this. Got to thank the Academy, of course. Allison Hooker at EMI, Sam Mendes. Barbara Broccoli, Michael Wilson. ... I'd like to thank Joe and Matt, who worked on this with us. They spent hours and hours, late nights in the studio with us to make this piece of music. And most of all I'd like to thank Adele for being the best person I've ever worked with. She's absolutely amazing.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio

I want to say I share this with the other people in my category: Lucy and Benh, and David and David and Tony, brilliant Tony. Thank you for inspiring me. Thank you, Ben Affleck. Ben, 15 years ago you were up here with the first screenplay you got made and now you made this film that's brought me up here and it's a gift and I can never repay it. And thank you, I love you. I want to thank Warner Bros.; everybody at Smokehouse, George, Grant, Nina. I want to thank my mom and dad, my friends who prop me up every day in all this. Josh Bearman. I want to dedicate this to a man named Tony Mendez. Thirty-three years ago, Tony, using nothing but his creativity and his intelligence, got six people out of a very bad situation. And so I want to dedicate this to him and the Taylors and the Sheardowns and the people all over the world in the U.S. and Canada and Iran who use creativity and intelligence to solve problems nonviolently. Thank you.

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Django Unchained, Written by Quentin Tarantino

That's cool. Charlize is my neighbor. Very nice to get this from you. Thank you, Mr. Hoffman. Boy oh, boy, you know I've been saying things like I want to thank the actors for what they've done when it comes to my script. But it's not just an easy thing to say. It really is why I'm standing here. I actually think if people are like knowing about my movies 30 or 50 years from now it's gonna be because of the characters that I created. And I really only got one chance to get it right. I have to cast the right people to make those characters come alive and hopefully live for a long time. And, boy, this time did I do it. Thank you so much, guys. Leo ain't over there, but I'm thanking him, too. Okay, I know, I know. I'm getting off. But one last thing. I would like to say it's such an honour to get it this year because I have to say in both the original and the adapted categories, the writing is just fantastic. This will be the writers' year, man. Thank you very much. I love the competition. You guys all wonderful. Peace out.

Life of Pi, Ang Lee

Thank you so much. Thank you, movie god. I really need to share this with all 3,000. Everybody who worked with me on Life of Pi. I really want to thank you for believing in this story and share this incredible journey with me. I need to to thank Yann Martel for writing this incredible, inspiring book. Everyone at Fox, thank you for taking the leap with me. Especially Tom Rothman, Jim Gianopulos and Elizabeth Gabler. My producers, Gil Netter, David Womark, David Lee. Wonderful cast. Suraj, where are you? You're a miracle. He's playing the young Pi, carrying the movie. Every one of you in the cast. I cannot waste this time talking about them. You're the golden statue in my heart. I cannot make this movie with the help of Taiwan. We shot there. I want to thank everybody there helped us. Especially the city of Tai Chong. My Indian crew, I love you. My Canadian crew, I love you. My family in Taiwan. My wife, Jane Lin. We'll be married 30 years this summer. I love you. My boys, Han and Mason, thank you for your support. Finally, my agent, Carin Sage and lawyer, Ira Schreck, and Joe Dapello, I have to do that. Especially for this movie, it's great to have your support. Thank you, Academy. Xie xie, namaste.

Actress in a Leading Role
Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook

Thank you. You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that's really embarrassing but thank you. This is nuts. Thank you to the Academy and thank you to the women this year. You were so magnificent and so inspiring and not just those of you in my category. And it's been so amazing getting to know you and you've been so nice and you've made this experience unforgettable. And thank you to the best producing team: Bruce, Donna, Jon and to my team at CAA and IDPR. And Bradley, and our entire cast: Chris, Jacki, Bob and our crew. My family. Happy birthday, Emmanuelle. Thank you so much. Thanks.

Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln

I really don't know how any of this happened. I do know that I've received so much more than my fair share of good fortune in my life and I'm so grateful to the Academy for this beautiful honour. It's a strange thing because three years ago before we decided to do a straight swap, I had actually been committed to play Margaret Thatcher. [Laughs] And Meryl was Steven's first choice for Lincoln. And I'd like to see that version. And Steven didn't have to persuade me to play Lincoln but I had to persuade him that perhaps if I was going to do it that Lincoln shouldn't be a musical. My fellow nominees, my equals, my betters, I'm so proud to have been included as one amongst you. When we got married 16 years ago, or since we got married 16 years ago, my wife Rebecca has lived with some very strange men. I mean they were strange as individuals and probably even stranger if taken as a group. But luckily she's the versatile one in the family and she's been the perfect companion to all of them. I'd like to thank Kathy Kennedy, our producer, and through you, Kathy, and through you our mighty team of co-conspirators. At the apex of that human pyramid there are three men to whom I owe this and a great deal more: Tony Kushner, our beloved skipper Steven Spielberg and the mysteriously beautiful mind, body and spirit of Abraham Lincoln. For my mother, thank you so much.

Best Picture
Argo, Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers

Grant Heslov: I know what you're thinking: the three sexiest producers alive. I want to thank the Academy, this is truly an honour. There are literally thousands of people to thank, so thankfully I'm not going to thank them now. I'm going to thank everybody personally in the next few weeks, but there are a couple of people I want to acknowledge. I want to acknowledge my partner in crime and my great friend, George Clooney, who everybody should be so lucky to have a partner who is talented and as humorous and who has as much integrity. I want to thank my beautiful wife Lisa. You make everything better. And to our kids, Maya and Olivia. I love you guys. I hope your old man's not embarrassing you up here. The reason I wanted to speak first, before Ben was Ben is a producer on the film and he is also our director. And I thought it would be awkward for Ben to thank himself, but it's not awkward for me. So on behalf of George and myself, I want to thank you, Ben. You directed a hell of a film. Couldn't be more proud of the film. Couldn't be more proud of Ben. So ladies and gentlemen, our co-producer and the director of Argo – Ben Affleck.

Ben Affleck: Thank you very, very much. I know eventually that thing is going to start quickly so please forgive me if this is a little bit quick. I want to acknowledge Steven Spielberg, who I feel is a genius and a towering talent among us. I want to acknowledge the other 8 films, there are 8 great films, who have as much a right to be up here as we do. I want to acknowledge them for what they did and thank them and many of them who didn't even get nominated this year. I want to thank Jack McNiece, Jerry Speck, Marty Brest and my brother and my mom and dad and Patrick Whitesell and Tony Mendez, who let us do his story. Thank you. I thank you everyone in the movie, on the movie, worked on the movie, did anything with this movie gets thanked. I want to thank Canada. I want to thank our friends in Iran living in terrible circumstances right now. I want to thank my wife who I don't usually associate with Iran. I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It's good. It is work but it's the best kind of work and there's no one I'd rather work. And I'd just like to say, I was here 15 years ago or something and I had no idea what I was doing. I stood out here in front of you all and really just a kid. I went out and I never thought I would be back here. And I am, because of so many of you who are here tonight, because of this Academy, because of so many wonderful people who extended themselves to me when they had nothing to benefit from it in Hollywood. You know what I mean, I couldn't get them a job. I want to thank them and I want to thank what they taught me, which is that you have to work harder than you think you possibly can. You can't hold grudges. It's hard but you can't hold grudges. And it doesn't matter how you get knocked down in life because that's going to happen. All that matters is you gotta get up. Violet, Sam and Sera, this is for you.

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