Oscars Preparations
An Oscar statue waits to be unveiled in the red carpet arrival area during preparations for the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2012. Reuters

The 84th Annual Academy Awards will feature several close contests for a number of award categories, including Best Picture of the Year. None of the nominees stood out above the rest, leaving many to speculate about likely winners and losers.

This year's nominees for Best Picture of the Year included The Artist, Moneyball, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Tree of Life, The Help, and War Horse.

While we may not be able to determine the best film of the year beforehand or have the ability to justify the Academy's decision after it's been revealed, we can say that there were several quotable moments in each of the year's nominated films. Here are the best quotes from each of the nominees for Best Picture of the Year:

'The Artist'

Doris: I'm unhappy.

George Valentin: So are millions of us


George Valentin: Look at what you've become. You've become proud! You've become stupid!


Peter Brand: It's about getting things down to one number. Using the stats the way we read them, we'll find value in players that no one else can see. People are overlooked for a variety of biased reasons and perceived flaws. Age, appearance, personality. Bill James and mathematics cut straight through that. Billy, of the 20,000 notable players for us to consider, I believe that there is a championship team of twenty-five people that we can afford, because everyone else in baseball undervalues them.


Peter Brand: There is an epidemic failure within the game to understand what is really happening. And this leads people who run Major League Baseball teams to misjudge their players and mismanage their teams. I apologize.

Billy Beane: Go on.

Peter Brand: Okay. People who run ball clubs, they think in terms of buying players. Your goal shouldn't be to buy players, your goal should be to buy wins. And in order to buy wins, you need to buy runs. You're trying to replace Johnny Damon. The Boston Red Sox see Johnny Damon and they see a star who's worth seven-and-a-half million dollars a year. When I see Johnny Damon, what I see is ... is ... an imperfect understanding of where runs come from. The guy's got a great glove. He's a decent lead-off hitter. He can steal bases. But is he worth the seven-and-a-half million dollars a year that the Boston Red Sox are paying him? No. No. Baseball thinking is medieval. They are asking all the wrong questions. And if I say it to anybody, I'm-I'm ostracized. I'm-I'm-I'm a leper. So that's why I'm-I'm cagey about this with you. That's why I ... I respect you, Mr. Beane, and if you want full disclosure, I think it's a good thing that you got Damon off your payroll. I think it opens up all kinds of interesting possibilities.

'The Descendants'

Matt King: What is it that makes the women in my life destroy themselves?


Matt King: [to Elizabeth] Goodbye, Elizabeth. Goodbye, my love, my friend, my pain, my joy. Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye.


Scott Thorson: It's ironic, Elizabeth, in this misfortune, just as you come into your fortune.

'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close'

Oskar Schell: [voice-over] I didn't know what was waiting for me. Although my stomach hurt and my eyes were watering I'd made up my mind that nothing was gonna stop me. Not even me.


Thomas Schell: If things were easy to find, they wouldn't be worth finding.


Hugo Cabret: I'd imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason.


Isabelle: We could get into trouble.

Hugo Cabret: That's how you know it's an adventure.


Hugo Cabret: Maybe that's why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn't able to do what it was meant to do ... Maybe it's the same with people. If you lose your purpose ... it's like you're broken.

Midnight in Paris

Gil: Gil Pender.

Ernest Hemingway: Hemingway.

Gil: Hemingway?

Ernest Hemingway: You liked my book?

Gil: Liked? I loved all of your work.

Ernest Hemingway: Yes. It was a good book because it was an honest book, and that's what war does to men. And there's nothing fine and noble about dying in the mud unless you die gracefully. And then it's not only noble but brave.


Paul: Nostalgia is denial -- denial of the painful present ... the name for this denial is golden age thinking -- the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one one's living in -- it's a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present.

The Tree of Life

Mrs. O'Brien: [voice over] Nature only wants to please itself. Get others to please it, too. Likes to lord it over them. To have its own way. It finds reasons to be unhappy when all the world is shining around it. And love is smiling through all things.


Young Jack: [voice over] What I want to do, I can't do. I do what I hate.


Mr. O'Brien: Toscanini once recorded a piece sixty five times. You know what he said when he finished? It could be better. Think about it.

War Horse

Maj. Jamie Stewart: Be brave! Be brave!


Rose Narracott: [to Ted] I might hate you more, but I'll never love you less.

The Help

Aibileen Clark: Eighteen people were killed in Jackson that night. Ten white and eight black. I don't think God has color in mind when he sets a tornado loose.


Preacher Green: If you can love your enemy, you already have victory.


Charlotte Phelan: Love and hate are two horns on the same goat, Eugenia. And you need a goat.