Oscars: 25 Memorable Quotes From the Show

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From Chris Rock's opening monologue to Leonardo DiCaprio's passionate speech, a roundup of the best quotes of the night.

The 88th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by comedian Chris Rock, drew further attention to the lack of diversity in this year's awards season.  

Among the stream of controversial jokes in his opening monologue, Rock and other presenters continued to touch upon this #OscarsSoWhite controversy throughout the entire show. Other winners used their acceptance speeches to emphasize the importance of their craft. Here are some of the most memorable lines from the evening:

“The last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart.” — Chris Rock in his opening monologue

“In the '60s, black people did not protest. Why? Because we had real things to protest at the time." — Rock

“It’s not about boycotting or anything. We want opportunity. We want black actors to get the same opportunities.” — Rock

“You’re damn right Hollywood’s racist. Hollywood is sorority racist.” — Rock

“We made this film for all the journalists who have and continue to hold the powerful accountable and for the survivors whose courage and will to overcome is really an inspiration to all.” — Tom McCarthy, best original screenplay winner for Spotlight

"Big money is taking over our government, and until right and left goes, no more big money. It has to be like a scarlet letter on these candidates. So I really honestly did not mean either side, but, like, Google it. Just Google it. You can see what the candidates have been paid, and when you elect people that get money from banks and oil and weirdo billionaires, that's who they vote for." — Adam McKay, best adapted screenplay winner for The Big Short

“My mom and dad thank you for giving me the belief that anything can happen even though I would have never believed this.” — Alicia Vikander, best supporting actress winner for The Danish Girl

“What another lovely day … it could be horribly prophetic, Mad Max, if we’re not kinder to each other and we don’t stop polluting our atmosphere.” — Jenny Beavan, best costume design winner for Mad Max: Fury Road

“I want to salute my beloved picture department and all who work in post who worked with their hands, heads and most importantly, their hearts.” — Margaret Sixel, best film editing winner for Mad Max: Fury Road

"For thousands of years, we’ve been telling stories in the dark around a flickering light, whether a campfire or a projector. David and I do it with sound. [Director] George Miller would tell us Mad Max is a film we see with our ears. I knew sound could tell my story, but nothing quite like this. Sound artists are storytellers. Thank you, George. I hope to see you around the next campfire."— Mark Mangini, achievement in sound editing winner for Mad Max: Fury Road

“There are days you’re going to feel sad, you’re going to feel angry, you’re going to feel scared, that’s nothing you can choose. But you can make stuff. Make films. Draw. Write. It’ll make a world of difference. ” — Pete Docter, best animation winner for Inside Out

"I want to take a moment to applaud all of my actors and actresses of color that didn’t get nominated tonight. The reason why I say this is because I want them to understand that tonight should not determine the hard work and effort that you put into your craft. At the end of the day, we love what we do and we’re breaking major ground doing it. These problems of today will eventually become problems of the old. Let’s not let this negative issue of diversity beat us." — Kevin Hart introducing performer The Weeknd

"I’ve always just adored stories. So for me to have the chance to work with, I think, one of the greatest storytellers of all time, Steven Spielberg, has been such an honor. It’s a wonderful time to be an actor, and I’m proud to be part of it." — Mark Rylance, best supporting actor winner for Bridge of Spies

"This is documentary short film; you cannot make a dime on this. These people will never be rich as long as they live. These people, all they got is this Oscar. This Oscar's going home in a Honda Civic." — Louis C.K, introducing the best documentary short film winner

“[Thank you] to all the brave men out there, like my father and my husband who push women to go to school and work and who want a more just society for women.” — Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, best documentary short winner for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

“Our audiences are global and rich in diversity. Every facet of our industry should be as well. Everyone in Hollywood has a role to play in bringing about vital changes the world needs. … I am confident that together, we can shape a future in which all of us can be proud.” — Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

“Thanks, Chris. Loved you in Madagascar! He’s the zebra, he’s hilarious.” — Jacob Tremblay, thanking Chris Rock for a stepstool 

“Even in the darkest hours of mankind, there might be a voice within that allows us to remain human. That’s the hope of this film.” —Laszlo Nemes, best foreign-language film winner for Son of Saul

“Let’s change the culture. We must and we can change the culture. So that no abused woman or man, like the survivors you will see tonight, ever feel they have to ask themselves, ‘What did I do?’ They did nothing wrong.” — Vice President Joe Biden, introducing performer Lady Gaga

"No openly gay man had ever won an Oscar, if this is the case, even if it isn’t the case, I want to dedicate it this to the LGBT community all around the world. I stand here tonight as a proud gay man, and I hope we can all stand together as equals. Thank you so much." — Sam Smith, best original song winner for "Writing's on the Wall" for Spectre

“So what a great opportunity to our generation, to really liberate ourselves from all prejudice and this tribal thinking, and make sure, for once and forever, that the color of skin becomes as irrelevant as the length of our hair. This is for my father. Thank you very much!” — Alejandro G. Inarritu, best director winner for The Revenant

“The thing that I love about moviemaking is how many people it takes to make one.” — Brie Larson, best actress winner for Room

“Climate change is real. It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this, for our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all of this for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you.” — Leonardo DiCaprio, best actor winner for The Revenant  

“This film gave a voice to survivors, and this Oscar amplifies that voice.” — Michael Sugar, best picture winner for Spotlight

 

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