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Oscars 2014

Quotes from the 2014 Oscars

Matthew McConaughey

BEST ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE: MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY (with Jennifer Lawrence)

"So, to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever it is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to, and whoever it is we're chasing, to that I say, 'Amen.' To that I say, 'Alright, alright, alright.' To that I say just keep living. Thank you."

 

Cate Blanchett

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE: CATE BLANCHETT

"As random and as subjective as this award is, it means a great deal in a year of extraordinary, yet again, extraordinary performances by women. Amy Adams, everything you do, but your performance in American Hustle blew my mind. And Meryl, what can I say? Sandra, I could watch that performance to the end of time, and I sort of felt like I had. Julia, #suckit. You know what I mean? And Judi Dench, I mean what a career. She's not here tonight because at the age of 79, her film was so successful that she's in India doing a sequel. I mean what a career that is, if I could hope."

Alfonso

BEST DIRECTING: Alfonso Cuaron

Q. So you have stated that this is not a Mexican movie, actually that it doesn't give much Mexican culture. But today you made history in Mexico. You became the first director to win an award. What does it mean to Mexico to win this award?

A. I'm Mexican, you know, so I hope that, like anything, some Mexicans were rooting for me to win this thing. What I'm saying is that I don't think that there's enough attention being given to amazing expressions of Mexican culture that are happening right now in Mexico. I really appreciate and I'm really grateful with all this support that I've been feeling from Mexico, but I just -- I would love if that same support is given to some other films that are coming out of there with Mexican filmmakers, shot in Mexico, and with Mexican subject matters.

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Lupita Nyong'o

Q. Maya Angelou says that we are more alike than we are different. And you have been the it girl on this entire award season journey and have met a whole lot of people. So my question is, What on this journey that you've been on, are you going to take and understand about the human spirit?

A. Hmm. That's a tough one. Oh, that's tough. But I -- I don't know whether I can answer that question. What I will say is that what I have learned for myself is that I don't have to be anybody else; and that myself is good enough; and that when I am being true to that self, then I can do -- I can avail myself to extraordinary things such as this, you know, that I didn't -- if -- that I didn't think was necessarily possible; but I -- I didn't cancel it out of my realm of -- of -- of possibility, and I think that's the thing. You have to allow for the impossible to be possible.

 

Jared

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: JARED LETO

Q. I wanted to ask you, you talked about the dreamers. You took time to talk about dreamers and people who have felt they were subjected to injustices. Why did you want to take moments to express your thoughts to these people on this occasion?

A. That's a great question. Number one, because it's important to me. Number two, because I think it's appropriate to the material, to the story, to the film. And number three, because you have an opportunity when you stand on this stage. You can make it about yourself or you can hold up a mirror and shine a light, and that's what I chose to do tonight. I mean, because of Thirty Seconds to Mars, because I'm in a band, how many people are here from outside of the -- of the USA? Quite a few of you. Okay. Good. I'm at home then. But I feel at home all over the world. And you know, for me, these global issues impact us in a really direct way.

 

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