Worth repeating

Memorable speeches from past Academy Award ceremonies.

This year's official Academy Awards poster celebrates the power of cinematic words, as it features some of film's best-known lines. We thought it only appropriate that we commemorate some of the more memorable speeches from past Oscar ceremonies. Try matching the following quotes culled from the previous 78 Oscar presentations with the individuals who said them.

Quotes

1. "There is a great deal to say, but I'm not going to say it tonight."

2. "I want to thank all who expressed this kind of confidence by voting for me, and right now, I'm so happy -- I want to thank all the members who didn't vote for me."

3. "I'm king of the world! Whooop!"

4. "We are a little bit of out of touch in Hollywood every once in a while. I think it's probably a good thing. We're the ones who talked about AIDS when it was just being whispered, and we talked about civil rights when it wasn't really popular, and we bring up subjects. ... This Academy, this group of people, gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in (1940), when blacks were still sitting in the backs of the theaters. I'm proud to be a part of this Academy, proud to be a part of this community and proud to be out of touch."

5. "Wow! If I had known that, I would have put that eye patch on 35 years earlier!"

6. "The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can't deny the fact you like me -- right now, you like me!"

7. "This is a real land of opportunity when Leo can take a broken-down old crooner and make an Academy Award winner out of him."

8. "Just think, the only laugh that man will probably ever get is for stripping and showing off his shortcomings."

9. "It's very fortunate to live in a country where any man, no matter how humble his origins, can become president, and to be part of an industry where any picture, no matter how low its budget, can win an Oscar."

10. "I already have a television, so I'm just going to keep on going."

Speakers:

A. Bing Crosby
B. John Wayne
C. Jane Fonda
D. Sally Field
E. George Clooney
F. Julia Roberts
G. James Cameron
H. David Niven
I. Burt Lancaster
J. Harold Hecht

Answers:

1-C: Many feared Jane Fonda would use the Oscar podium to denounce the Vietnam War during her acceptance speech if she won the best actress statuette for "Klute" in 1972. The outspoken actress did win, but she showed restraint by making this memorable statement.

2-I: Thrilled to have won the best actor Oscar for "Elmer Gantry," Burt Lancaster made this generous exclamation as he accepted his honor at the 1961 Academy Awards ceremony.

3-G: As "Titanic" rode its wave of popularity, winning 11 Oscars at the 1998 ceremony, James Cameron, who personally received three statuettes over the course of the evening, couldn't help but repeat this key line from his film as he accepted the best director prize.

4-E: For years, conservative pundits across the nation had labeled Hollywood as being too liberal and "out of touch" with the values of mainstream America. George Clooney addressed those accusations as he accepted the supporting actor Oscar for "Syriana" in 2006.

5-B: John Wayne, referring to his ornery, one-eyed, gun-slinging character "Rooster" Cogburn in "True Grit," made this exclamation as he accepted the best actor Oscar in 1970.

6-D: Finally feeling she had broken the image of being television's "Gidget" and "The Flying Nun" by winning her second best actress Oscar, for "Places in the Heart," Sally Field uttered this now-legendary line at the 1985 Academy Awards.

7-A: Bing Crosby made this observation, referring to director Leo McCarey, as he accepted the best actor Oscar for his performance in "Going My Way" during the 1945 ceremony.

8-H: The epitome of cool and collected, David Niven delivered this quip after a naked man brought the 1974 Oscar festivities to a halt by streaking across the stage.

9-J: A low-budget, black-and-white remake of a TV production, "Marty" was the surprise victor at the 1956 Academy Awards, taking home four statuettes -- including one for best picture. This feat prompted producer Harold Hecht to make this declaration while accepting the top award.

10-F: In an attempt to keep things moving, ceremony producer Gil Cates came up with the idea of awarding a state-of-the-art, high-definition TV set to the winner with the shortest acceptance speech at the 2001 ceremony. This prize obviously meant little to best actress winner Julia Roberts, who made this quip before fully enjoying her time in the Oscar spotlight.
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