Quotes: Overheard at the Oscars

Published March 06, 2006

| Associated Press

Overheard during Sunday night's 78th annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles:

"Thank you to all the members of the academy for embracing our film about love and about tolerance and about truth. ... You have made this year one of the most breathtaking and stunning maverick years in American cinema." — Cathy Schulman, producer of best picture "Crash."

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"I wish I knew how to quit you." — Ang Lee, best director for "Brokeback Mountain."

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"Wow, I'm in a category with some great, great, great actors, fantastic actors, and I'm overwhelmed, really overwhelmed." — Philip Seymour Hoffman, best actor winner for "Capote."

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"Oh my goodness. I never thought I'd be up here in my whole life, growing up in Tennessee." — Reese Witherspoon, winner of best actress for "Walk the Line."

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"I have to say it is a little shocking to see all these big names here, these huge stars. The Oscars is really I guess the one night of the year when you can see all your favorite stars without having to donate any money to the Democratic Party. And it's exciting for the stars as well because it's the first time many of you have ever voted for a winner." — Oscar host Jon Stewart during the opening monologue.

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"I look at it as a nod to all of my films because to me I just made one long film." — Honorary Oscar winner Robert Altman, director of 37 films including "M-A-S-H," "The Player" and "Gosford Park."

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"It's a funny thing about winning an Academy Award. This will always be synonymous with your name from here on end. It will be, Oscar winner George Clooney, sexiest man alive 1997, `Batman,' died today in a freak accident ..." — George Clooney after winning his first Oscar, for supporting actor in "Syriana."

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"What an amazing feeling. Terrifying, but amazing. Mom I know you're up there somewhere, I think." — Cinematography Oscar winner Dion Beebe for "Memoirs of a Geisha."

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"I do my own stunts." — Jennifer Garner, after nearly tripping on her way to the microphone to present an award.

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"I'm going to be so good I'm going to have a halo by the end of the night." — Isaac Mizrahi, E!'s red carpet interviewer, when asked if he would be behaving, referring to his risque grope interview style during arrival festivities at the Golden Globes.

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"I do have some sad news to report. Bjork couldn't be here tonight. She was trying on her Oscar dress and Dick Cheney shot her." — Jon Stewart.

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"I want to thank the academy for sitting me next to George Clooney at the nominees luncheon." — Corinne Marrinan, co-winner of the short subject documentary Oscar for "A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin."

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"I am so proud to have worked in this movie, `Brokeback Mountain,' a movie that once again show us that love is what makes us all very similar despite that we can be so different, too." — Gustavo Santaolalla, original score Oscar winner for "Brokeback Mountain."

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