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22 Feb, 2015

Ratings drop 16%

TV ratings for the Oscars drop 16%. The broadcast averages 36.6 million viewers, down from 43.7 million the previous year. The Washington Post writes:

It was bound to happen eventually. Neil Patrick Harris, the man who can host anything, finally stumbled. Even stripped to his skivvies in a ‘Birdman’ parody … (Harris) couldn’t deliver quite all the thrills needed to get through the three-hour, 38-minute Oscar folderol without a yawn.

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Simmons wins the Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in Whiplash.

Maybe more people saw me tonight than see me in the [insurance] commercials for the first time! This is the cherry on top of this extraordinary experience that Whiplash has been for me.

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Birdman wins the Oscar for best picture. Inarritu dedicates the award to his fellow Mexicans.

I pray that we can find and build a government that we deserve, and the ones that live in this country, who are a part of the latest generation of immigrants in this country, I just pray that they can be treated with the same dignity and respect as the ones who came before and built this incredible immigrant nation.

Wins best directorñárritu wins the Oscar for best director for Birdman. Iñárritu reveals his good luck charm during his acceptance speech.

Tonight, I am wearing the real Michael Keaton tighty-whities. They are tight, smell like balls, but it worked. I’m here. Thank you, Michael.” LOL!

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Iñárritu, Giacobone, Dinelaris, Jr. and Bo win the Oscar for best original screenplay for Birdman. Iñárritu:

The journey of ‘Birdman’ started three years ago when I asked Nico, Alexander and Armando to follow me in a crazy idea, and because they are crazy we did it and we wrote ‘Birdman’ together, and for that I am all my life grateful and thankful for that and to share this experience with them.

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Arquette wins the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role as a single mother in Boyhood. Arquette calls for wage equality in her acceptance speech.

To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.

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Moore wins the Oscar for best actress for her portrayal of an Alzheimer’s sufferer in Still Alice.

I’m so happy, I’m thrilled that we were able to shine a light on Alzheimer’s disease. So many people who have this disease feel marginalized. People who have Alzheimer’s disease deserve to be seen so we can find a cure.

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Redmayne wins the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

I am fully aware that I am a lucky, lucky man. This belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS. It belongs to one exceptional family [the Hawkings]. […] I will be its custodian. I promise you I will look after him.

2 Mar, 2014

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Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas win the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2013 for 12 Years a Slave. Will Smith presents the award. McQueen:

Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live. This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup. I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today.

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Cuarón wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for his space drama Gravity. Angelina Jolie and Sidney Poitier present the award.

I want to thank “Gravity,” because for many of us involved in this film it was definitely a transformative experience.

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Blanchett wins the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of a formerly wealthy woman who moves in with her sister, in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Daniel Day-Lewis presents the award.

And me, I’m here accepting an award in an extraordinary screenplay by Woody Allen. Thank you so much, Woody, for casting me. I truly appreciate it. I’m so very proud that “Blue Jasmine” stayed in the cinemas for as long as it did. And thank you to Sony Classics, to Michael and Tom, for their extraordinary support, for so bravely and intelligently distributing the film. And to the audiences who went to see it, and perhaps those of us in the industry who are still foolishly clinging to the idea that female films with women at the center are niche experiences. They are not. Audiences want to see them and, in fact, they earn money. So… The world is round, people!

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Jonze oscarJonze wins Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Her.  He beats Eric Singer, Woody Allen, Craig Borten, and Bob Nelson.  He thanks his friends and collaborators.

We made a movie about relationships and intimacy, and that’s what we share together.

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McConaughey oscarMcConaughey wins Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club.  He beats Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Chiwetel Ejiorfor, and Leonardo DiCaprio.  This is his first Oscar nomination and win.  He thanks God, his wife and children, and his mother and father. He ends with his signature line from Dazed and Confused:

All right, all right, all right.

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leto oscar2Leto wins Oscar for best supporting actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club.  Leto thanks his mother, older brother, the audience, people who have lost the battle to AIDS, and his agents.

In 1971 Bossier city, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child.  She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow, she managed to make a better life for herself and her children.  She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard and to do something special.  That girl is my mother, and she’s here tonight.  I love you, Mom; thank you for teaching me to dream.

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Lupita oscarNyong’o wins an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave.

I look down at this golden statue, and may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.

26 Feb, 2014

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Producer Thomas Langmann wins the Academy Award for Best Picture for the silent film drama The Artist. Langmann is accompanied on stage by the director Michel Hazanavicius and 12 more members of the cast and crew. Tom Cruise presents the award.

I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to you, members of the Academy

16 Jan, 2014

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McConaughey is nominated for Best Actor at the 86th Academy Awards for portraying Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club.

This is the first time for me to be nominated, to be a part of a film and a performance that’s been making these award rounds and people are shining a light on it. Whether it ever happens again, I don’t know. Even if it does, it’s still my first time.

24 Feb, 2013

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Hathaway wins the Academy Award for Best Performance of an Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Fantine in the film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables. Christopher Plummer presents the award.

Here’s hoping that someday in the not too distant future the misfortunes of “Fantine” will only be found in stories and nevermore in real life.

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Producers Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney win the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2012 for Argo. Jack Nicholson, and Michelle Obama, via satellite link from Washington, D.C., present the award. Affleck:

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 gonna happen. All that matters is that you gotta get up. Violet, Sam and Sera, I love you; this is for you.

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Lee wins his second Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for his film adaptation of Yann Martel’s shipwreck drama Life of Pi. Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas present the award.

Thank you, movie god. I really need to share this with all three thousand, everybody worked with me on “Life of Pi.”

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Waltz wins Best Supporting Actor at the 85th Academy Awards for portraying Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained.

When I read the script for the first time, I realized that there was something special about this film. I know Quentin, and I read the pages more or less as they came out of the printer. Page by page, I realized that something special was in the making.

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Day-Lewis wins Best Actor at the 85th Academy Awards for portraying Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln.

I think I’m definitely out of character at this moment, but if I slip back into it by mistake you can do an intervention of some kind. The Heimlich maneuver.

26 Feb, 2012

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Hazanavicius wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for his drama The Artist. Michael Douglas presents the award.

Yes, thank you. Thank you very much. I have an Oscar. I forgot my speech. Okay. I am the happiest director in the world right now. Thank you for that. Thank you, the Academy.

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DuJardin wins the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of silent movie star George Valentin in Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist. Natalie Portman presents the award.

Thank you. Ouais! I love your country. Okay. Thank you to the Academy. It’s funny because in 1929 it wasn’t Billy Crystal but Douglas Fairbanks who hosted the first Oscar ceremony. Tickets cost five dollars and it lasted fifteen minutes. Times have changed. So thank you, Douglas Fairbanks . . . . And if George Valentin could speak, he’d say: Wouaou! Putain! Genial! Merci! Formidable! Merci beaucoup! I love you!

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Plummer wins Best Supporting Actor at the 84th Academy Awards for portraying Hal Fields in Beginners.

Actors are universally the same, gay or straight. A gay actor can play a straight role and vice versa.

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Dujardin wins Best Actor at the 84th Academy Awards for portraying George Valentin in The Artist.

I’m not an American actor, I’m a French actor. I will continue in France. If it’s possible I can make another silent film in America, I’d like to! I will always be a French actor in America, so if would work in America, I would always be that and look for parts that would work for that. I do have a few ideas I’d like to develop in Hollywood.

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Streep wins the Academy Award for Best Actress at the 84th Academy Awards for portraying Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

When they called my name I had the feeling I could hear half of America going, ‘oh, no. Come on.

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Spencer wins the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the 84th Academy Awards for her portrayal of Minnie Jackson in The Help.

Thank you Academy for giving me the hottest guy in the room. I share this with everybody.

27 Feb, 2011

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Hooper wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for his historical drama The King’s Speech. Hilary Swank and Kathryn Bigelow present the award.

. . . my mum in 2007 was invited . . . in London to a fringe theater play reading of an unproduced, unrehearsed play called “The King’s Speech.” Now she’s never been invited to a play reading in her entire life before. She almost didn’t go because it didn’t sound exactly promising, but thank god she did because she came home, rang me up and said, “Tom, I think I found your next film.” So with this (holding up the Oscar) tonight, I honor you. And the moral of the story is: Listen to your mother.

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Firth wins the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of King George VI in Tom Hooper’s The King’s SpeechSandra Bullock presents the award.

I have a feeling my career has just peaked. My deepest thanks to the Academy . . . .

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Leo wins Best Supporting Actress at the 83rd Academy Awards for portraying Alice Ward in The Fighter. She speaks on using an expletive in her acceptance speech.

I really don’t mean to offend, and probably a very inappropriate place to use that particular word. There’s a great deal of the English language that is in my vernacular.

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Firth wins Best Actor at the 83rd Academy Awards for portraying King George VI in The King’s Speech. He speaks on post-Oscar plans.

I think I’m going to cook a lot. I don’t think I’m particularly good at it, but I’m going to inflict my cooking on anybody within range. I tend to find that’s a very good way to decompress. But I’ll probably be the only one eating it.

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Bale wins Best Supporting Actor at the 83rd Academy Awards for portraying Dicky Eklund in The Fighter.

I didn’t think I was like this. Thanks to my wonderful wife and our little girl, who’s taught me so much more than I’ll ever be able to teach her.


The actress wins her first Academy Award for her portrayal of Nina Sayers/The Swan Queen in the 2010 drama Black Swan.  She wins the award over fellow nominees: Annete Bening, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michelle Williams.

I want to thank my parents for giving me the opportunity to work from such an early age. My beautiful love, Benjamin, who has now given me my most important role of my life

8 Mar, 2010

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sandraBullock wins her first Academy Award as Best Actress for the movie The Blind Side. On thanking her mom:

She reminded her daughters that there’s no race, no religion, no class system, no color, nothing, no sexual orientation that makes us better than anyone else. We are all deserving of love.

7 Mar, 2010

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Bigelow wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for her war drama The Hurt Locker. Bigelow is the first woman to win an Oscar for directing. Barbra Streisand presents the award.

And I’d just like to dedicate this to the women and men in the military who risk their lives on a daily basis in Iraq and Afghanistan and around the world. And may they come home safe. Thank you.

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Waltz wins Best Supporting Actor at the 82nd Academy Awards for portraying SS Colonel Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds.

There’s no way I can thank you enough, but I can start right now. Thank you.

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Bridges wins Best Actor at the 82nd Academy Awards for portraying Otis “Bad” Blake in Crazy Heart.

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for getting me into such a groovy profession.

22 Feb, 2009

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Boyle wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for his drama Slumdog Millionaire. Reese Witherspoon presents the award.

Finally, just to say to Mumbai: Unending, inseparable, unborn. All of you who helped us make the film and all of those of you who didn’t, thank you so much. You dwarf even this guy [gesturing to the statuette]. Thank you very much indeed.

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Cruz wins Best Supporting Actress at the 81st Academy Awards for portraying Maria Elena in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

We are all mixed together and that has to be reflected in cinema. I’m happy that finally that door seems to be more open and not just to me and three other people, but to a much bigger group.

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Winslet wins Best Actress at the 81st Academy Awards for portraying Hanna Schmitz in The Reader.

That’s a career-defining moment when you get to stand along someone like Meryl. And so I honestly did not think for one second that it was going to be me.

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Ledger posthumously wins Best Supporting Actor at the 81st Academy Awards for portraying The Joker in The Dark Knight. His father Kim Ledger, mother Sally Bell, and sister Kate Ledger accept the award on his behalf. Kate finished the speeches with a nod to his daughter, Matilda

Heath, we both knew what you had created in the Joker was extraordinarily special and had even talked about being here on this very day. We really wish you were, but we proudly accept this award on behalf of your beautiful Matilda. Thank you.

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Penn wins Best Actor at the 81st Academy Awards for portraying Harvey Milk in Milk.

I did not expect this and…I know how hard I make it to appreciate me.

24 Feb, 2008

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Gibney shares Best Documentary, Features Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side with Eva Orner.

This is dedicated to two people who are no longer with us: Dilawar, the young Afghan taxi driver; and my father, a Navy interrogator who urged me to make this film because of his fury about what was being done to the rule of law. Let’s hope we can turn this country around, move away from the dark side and back to the light.

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The Coen brothers win the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for No Country for Old Men. Martin Scorsese presents the award.

In the late sixties, when Ethan was eleven or twelve, he got a suit and a briefcase and we went to the Minneapolis International Airport with a Super-8 camera and made a movie about shuttle diplomacy called “Henry Kissinger: Man on the Go.” And honestly, what we do now doesn’t feel that much different from what we were doing then.

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Swinton wins Best Supporting Actress at the 80th Academy Awards for portraying Karen Crowder in Michael Clayton.

I just had a reverse Zoolander moment, where I think I heard someone else’s name and suddenly, slooooooooowly heard my own. I’m still recovering from that moment. You could tell me my dress fell off and I’d believe you.

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Cotillard wins Best Actress at the 80th Academy Awards for portraying Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose.

There’s nothing hard about this. It’s a joy, and so surreal. I love it.

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Bardem wins Best Supporting Actor at the 80th Academy Awards for portraying Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men.

Thank you to the Coens for being crazy enough to think I could do that and put one of the most horrible hair cuts in history on my head.