The 86th Academy Awards on March 2 saw a slew of predictable wins. Cate Blanchett’s performance in Blue Jasmine was an absolute shoe-in. The same went for Matthew McConaughey’s transformative performance in Dallas Buyers Club.
But perhaps some of the night’s most compelling moments came from the charismatic acceptance speeches, red carpet interviews and host Ellen DeGeneres’ witty quips. Whether it was poking fun at June Squibb’s age or crashing Twitter for taking a star-studded Oscar selfie, the latest Academy Awards had its fair share of memorable moments that let viewers at home experience a more unscripted side to Hollywood.
For those who missed the show, below are 21 Oscar quotes to share.
Ellen DeGeneres' Jokes
On the 2014 nominees: "I think you should think of yourselves as winners. Not all of you, but the people who've won before -- you should think of yourselves as winners."
"One of the nominees is 'Her.' And by 'Her' I mean Meryl Streep."
To Jonah Hill: “You showed us something in that film that I have not seen for a very, very long time.”
"I'm not saying that movies are the most important thing in the world because we all know that the most important thing in the world is youth." - host Ellen DeGeneres
To Bruce Dern: ““A little background on Bruce. His grandfather was the governor of Utah, his great uncle was a Pulitzer prize-winning poet, and his godmother was Eleanor Roosevelt. And here you are among us tonight. What went wrong?”
To Liza Minnelli: "One of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have ever seen in my life. Good job, sir."
On Barkhad Abdi: "He is from Somalia. He is a Sommelier so he knows a lot about wine, and that is impressive. Who's the wine captain now?!"
On the Best Picture nominees: "We should get started. It's going to be an exciting night. Anything can happen, so many different possibilities. Possibility No. 1: 12 Years a Slave wins best picture. Possibility No. 2: You're all racists. And now please welcome our first white presenter, Anne Hathaway."
From Acceptance Speeches
"To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here and as you struggle to make your dreams happen — to live the impossible — we're thinking of you tonight." - Jared Leto, best supporting actor winner for "Dallas Buyers Club."
"I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today." - "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen, accepting the Oscar for best picture.
“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.” -- Lupita Nyong’o, best supporting actress winner for “12 Years a Slave.”
““My father – who I know is up there right now, with a big pot of gumbo, he’s got a lemon meringue pie, he’s probably in his underwear, and he’s got a cold can of Miller Lite – and he’s dancing.” – Matthew McConaughey on accepting the best actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club.
“Our girls, Katie and Annie, our song is inspired by our love for you in the hope that you never let fear and shame keep you from celebrating the unique people that you are. Thank you, we love you,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez on accepting the best original song for “Let It Go” from the film “Frozen” with her husband Robert Lopez.
"Julia, hashtag suckit, you know what I mean?" - Cate Blanchett, joking with fellow nominee Julia Roberts when winning best actress for "Blue Jasmine."
“Like any other human endeavour, making a film can be a transformative experience. It’s good because it took so long - but not a waste of time!” – Alfonso Cuarón on accepting the Oscar for best director for Gravity
“Natalie crying, Brian smiling, Megan who is very shy and is hiding at the back. … All of my friends, everyone I love. We made a movie about relationships and intimacy and that’s what we shared together and so this for all of us.” – Spike Jonze accepting the Oscar for best original screenplay for “Her.”
Red Carpet Quotes
"John Stamos just passed us, and I said, 'Have you seen 'Full House of Cards?'" -- Kevin Spacey, star of "House of Cards."
"I went to the Independent Spirit Awards and won."-- Lupita Nyong'o, on how she celebrated her 31st birthday.
"Every day was bizarre and tricky and difficult and no one had any idea what each day would bring… but it was amazing." -- Sandra Bullock on shooting Gravity.
"Let's put the rumors to rest. We are indeed dating and it's great. I've been having fun. I hope she is too."-- Jared Leto joking about dating June Squibb after Ryan Seacrest announced them as a couple.
"We tried on a couple of dresses and I put this on and I just felt like this was me. I felt one with the dress. It doesn't always happen, so it's nice when it does." – Amy Adams on her dress.