January 23, 2013

Hooray for Hollywood!

Chris Gall
"Hooray for Hollywood
That screwy, ballyhooey Hollywood
Where any office boy or young mechanic
Can be a panic, with just a goodlooking pan
Where any barmaid can be a star maid
If she dances with or without a fan"
- Hooray for Hollywood, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
David Palumbo
"I arrived in Hollywood at the age of twenty-two in a time different than today's, a time in which the odds against my standing here tonight fifty-three years later would not have fallen in my favor. Back then, no route had been established for where I was hoping to go, no pathway left in evidence for me to trace, no custom for me to follow…"
- Sidney Poitier, accepting the 2001 Honorary Academy Award in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being.
Thomas Ehretsmann
"Wow, I'm in a category with some great, great, great actors. Fantastic actors. And I'm overwhelmed, I'm really overwhelmed."
- Philip Seymour Hoffman accepting an 2005 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Capote
Ted Wright
"Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
There's a land that I've heard of once in a lullaby.
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream,
Really do come true."
- Somewhere over the Rainbow, 1940 Academy Award for Best Original Song
Gregory Manchess
Walt Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards ever received with 22 competitive and 4 honorary.
James Bennett
"You know, when you grow up in the suburbs of Sydney or Auckland, or Newcastle like Ridley or Jamie Bell, or the suburbs of anywhere, you know, a dream like this seems kind of vaguely ludicrous and completely unattainable. But this moment is directly connected to those childhood imagining[s]. And for anybody who's on the down side of advantage and relying purely on courage, it's possible."
- Russell Crowe accepting a 2000 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Gladiator
Mark Summers
"…there is no way that I can express to you what I'm feeling right now, my heart is full to bursting, except to say, "I'm the king of the world!"
- James Cameron accepting a 1997 Academy Award for Best Director, Titanic
Edward Kinsella III
"Even my failures make money and become classics a year after I make them."
- Alfred Hitchcock
C.F. Payne
"Movies are not made in isolation; it's a group activity. And it's only because of the work, the very hard work, of many actors, writers, directors, producers, creative technicians, thousands of assistants of all kinds, and projectionists, that I'm able to stand here and accept this award. I'm very, very grateful to them all."
- George Lucas accepting an Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1991
Maria Corte Maidagan
"Thank you. I want to thank those who voted for me to get this award. I wish that Harpo and Chico could be here to share it with me, this great honor..."
- Groucho Marx accepting an Honorary Academy Award n recognition of his brilliant creativity and for the unequalled achievements of the Marx Brothers in the art of motion picture comedy in 1973
Douglas Smith
"This had been an incredible joy. One of the greatest I've ever had in my whole life. I have loved being a makeup artist so much, but this kind of puts the crown, a cap, on all of that, all of that. To have so much kindness given to me all in one huge piece is just too much. I am so grateful. Thank you so much."
- Dick Smith, accepting The 2011 Honorary Academy Award his unparalleled mastery of texture, shade, form and illusion
Rudy Gutierrez
"As you see, the costumes from "Star Wars" are really not so much costumes as a bit of plumbing and general automobile engineering…"
- John Mollo accepting a 1977 Academy Award for Costume Design, Star Wars
Murray Kimber
"When a man's an empty kettle,
He should be on his mettle,
And yet I'm torn apart.
Just because I'm presumin'
That I could be kinda human
If I only had a heart."
- Tin Man's song, Wizard of Oz, 1940 Academy Award Winner for Best Music
Ricardo Martinez
"That's the closest I'll ever come to getting a knighthood, so thank you. My deepest thanks to the members of the Academy for whacking me with the handsomest bludgeon in town."
- Daniel Day-Lewis, accepting a 2007 academy award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, There Will Be Blood
Tran Nguyen
"Because technically actors are just public servants really. They just tell stories because people need to be told stories. That's all it is. And yet we get treated as though we're important."
- James McAvoy, winner of BAFTA's Rising Star Award in 2008
Tim Bower
"It's much heavier than I imagined. I... gosh, I had something to say and I can't remember what I was gonna say for the life of me. I don't think that ever in my life have so many people been so directly responsible for my being so very, very glad. It's a wonderful moment and a rare one and I'm certainly indebted. Thank you."
- Marlon Brando accepting a 1954 Academy Award for Best Actor, On the Waterfront
David Johnson
"Thank you."
- Alfred Hitchcock accepting the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, 1967Academy Awards,
Jason Seiler
"It's a very long way from the heart of the Belgian Congo to the stage of the Pantages Theatre, and I'm very glad to say that it's a little nicer here than it was there."
- Humphrey Bogart accepting a 1951 Academy Award for Best Actor, The African Queen
Goni Montes
Zero Dark Thirty Producer Megan Ellison is nominated for a 2013 Academy Award for Best Picture.
Guy Stauber
"I really want to thank the actors branch of the Academy first, for just being a nominee with four actors that I really admire, and at least one that I consider a really good friend who I admire. And thank you for that. And for this fellow [the Oscar] from all of the Academy, I just want to share it with all the good work that was done by all the branches, whether you were nominated or not tonight, but this is all with you."
- Michael Douglas, accepting a 1987 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Wall Street
Tyler Jacobson
"This is just unbelievable. I'm so honored, touched and relieved that the Academy and the members of the Academy that have supported us have seen past the trolls and the wizards and the hobbits and are recognizing fantasy this year. Fantasy is an F-word that hopefully the five second delay won't do anything with."
- Peter Jackson accepting a 2003 Academy Award for Best Picture, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Kent Barton
"Anyone who has ever been privileged to direct a film also knows that, although it can be like trying to write War and Peace in a bumper car in an amusement park, when you finally get it right, there are not many joys in life that can equal the feeling."
- Stanley Kubrick, accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of America in 1997
John Mattos
"Brigid O'Shaughnessy: I haven't lived a good life. I've been bad, worse than you could know.
Sam Spade: You know, that's good, because if you actually were as innocent as you pretend to be, we'd never get anywhere."
- from The Maltese Falcon, nominated for 3 Academy Awards in 1942
Bill Sanderson
"I actually, I have friends who have won this before, but -- and I swear -- I have never held one before. This is the first time I've ever had one of these in my hand. Oh, dear."
- Steven Spielberg accepting a 1993 Academy Award for Best Director, Schindler's List
Chase Stone
"Ladies and gentlemen, this represents so much effort on the part of so many people. I'm most grateful to them, to "King Kong" and Dino for making this possible. I thank them."
- Frank Van Der Veer, accepting a 1976 Special Achievement Academy Award (Visual Effects), King Kong
Dongyun Lee
"If you look round Hollywood there's no end of white smiles and six packs. Long lines of beautiful people lining up to be incredible on film."
- Tom Hardy, lead actor in award winning 2012 film Lawless

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