Eight-time Oscar host, Billy Crystal
Knowing when to hit the mark in delivering his comic antics and wits, Billy Crystal may have just earned more laughs from this crowd with his first joke than Francaway had all night. REUTERS/Saleh Salem

It was raining awards as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handed out Oscars to celebrities.

Hollywood's most important event is recognized not only for the big names who have collected their ever deserving trophies, but for the memorable quotes celebrities have uttered from time to time. While some quotes are heartfelt, others are outrageously funny.

Here's a list of some of the best quotes stated by the Oscars 2012 Award Winners and Host Billy Crystal, which will go down in the history of the Oscars as classics.

Philip Stockton, who collected the trophy for Best Sound Editing, Hugo I want to thank everybody who is here tonight, and everybody who isn't, and everybody who has ever been born or may be born or be born again or reborn, if I've forgotten anybody then you probably know who you are.

Director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Best Documentary Feature, Saving Face To all the women in Pakistan, who are working for change, don't give up your dreams. This is for you.

Octavia Spencer, Winner, Best supporting actress, The Help Thank you, Academy, for putting me with the hottest guy in the room (Christian Bale).

Oscars 2012 Host, Billy Crystal So tonight, enjoy yourselves because nothing can take the sting out of the world's economic problems like watching millionaires present each other with golden statues.

Crystal said on watching The Help, When I came out of the house, I wanted to hug the first black woman that I saw, and in Beverly Hills, that's a 40-minute drive.

Director Terry George, Best Short Film, The Shore Our film was inspired by the people of Northern Island, Protestent and Catholic, who after thirty years of war sat down, negotiated the peace, and proved to the world that the Irish are great talkers.

Michel Hazanavicius, Best Director for The Artist I want to thank Uggie the dog. I think he doesn't care. I'm not sure he understands what I say - he's not that good. But, thank you.

Meryl Streep on winning the Best Actress award for The Iron Lady When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, 'Oh no. Come on ... Her, again?' You know. But, whatever,

Comedian Chris Rock, on presenting the Oscar for best animated film I like animation because you can play anything. If you're a white man, you can play an Arabian prince. And if you're a black man you can play a donkey, or a zebra! I've done animation, and it's the easiest job in the world. They tell me the line, I say it, and then they give me a million dollars!

Rango director Gore Verbinski, Oscar for best animation Someone asked me if this film was for kids. It was certainly created by a bunch of grown-ups acting like children.

Jean Dujardin, Best Actor winner on referring to the 1929 Academy Awards I love your country. It's funny because in 1929 it was ... Douglas Fairbanks who hosted the first Oscar ceremony. It cost $5 and it lasted 15 minutes. Times have changed.

Christopher Plummer, Winner, Best supporting actor, Beginners You're only two years older than me darling, where have you been all my life? I have a confession to make: When I emerged from my mother's womb I was already rehearsing my Academy acceptance speech. Mercifully for you I've forgotten it, but I remember who to thank.

To my long-suffering wife Elaine, who deserves the Nobel peace Prize for coming to my rescue every day of my life.

Iranian film-maker Asghar Farhadi, Best foreign language film, A Separation

I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment.

Bret McKenzie, Oscar for Best Original Song for Man or Muppet I was genuinely star struck when I met Kermit the Frog. Like many stars here tonight, he's a lot shorter in real life.