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In Their Own Words: The Complete Oscar Acceptance Speeches

By Indiewire | Indiewire March 8, 2010 at 5:37AM

The speeches at the 82nd Academy Awards, published below in their entirety (as transcribed by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences).
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The speeches at the 82nd Academy Awards, published below in their entirety (as transcribed by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences).

Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal and Greg Shapiro ("The Hurt Locker"), Best Motion Picture

Mark Boal: Thank you so much. This has been such a dream. Beyond a dream for all of us who have lived for so long with this story. And, you know, we had this fantasy of making our film our way with the talent that we hoped to have. And hopefully, we would find a distributor and somebody might even like the movie.

So to be standing here, this was really, truly, honestly never part of anything we even imagined in our wildest dreams. So thank you so much to each and every member of the Academy for really honoring us beyond anything we could've ever imagined.

Greg Shapiro: Thank you to the Academy. This is really unreal and extremely humbling. We also have to thank our intrepid financier and fellow producer, Nicolas Chartier, who bet on this movie when no one else would. The incredible support that we got from CAA, particularly Joel Lubin, Roeg Sutherland, Brian Siberell, our entire cast and crew. Our fearless director.

Mark Boal: Our fearless director. And also, we owe a deep debt of gratitude, by the way, to Summit Entertainment and Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger for distributing this film. And thank you, Mom. I forgot to thank you before.

Kathryn Bigelow: I was just gonna reiterate that with Rob and Patrick, who took a very brave shot with this movie. And we owe them dearly. Perhaps one more dedication, to men and women all over the world who... Sorry to reiterate, but wear a uniform, but even not just the military – HazMat, emergency, firemen. They're there for us and we're there for them. Thank you. Thank you.


Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"), Achievement in Directing

This really is... There's no other way to describe it, it's the moment of a lifetime. First of all, this is so extraordinary to be in the company of such powerful, my fellow nominees, such powerful filmmakers who have inspired me and I have admired for, some of whom, for decades. And thank you to every member of the Academy. This is, again, the moment of a lifetime.

I would not be standing here if it wasn't for Mark Boal, who risked his life for the words on the page and wrote such a courageous screenplay that I was fortunate enough to have an extraordinary cast bring that screenplay to life. And Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty. And, I think the secret to directing is collaborating and I had truly an extraordinary group of collaborators in my crew. Barry Ackroyd and Kalle Júlíusson and Bob Murawski, Chris Innis, Ray Beckett, Richard Stutsman and if I could just also thank my producing partners, Greg Shapiro, Nick Chartier and my wonderful agent, Brian Siberell, and the people of Jordan, who were, such a... so hospitable to us when we were shooting. And I'd just like to dedicate this to the women and men in the military who risk their lives on a daily basis in Iraq and Afghanistan and around the world. And may they come home safe. Thank you.


Sandra Bullock ("The Blind Side"), Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Did I really earn this or did I just wear you all down? I would like to thank the Academy for allowing me in the last month to have the most incredible ride with rooms full of artists that I see tonight and that I've worked with before and I hope to work with in the future, who inspire me and blaze trails for us. Four of them that I've fallen deeply in love with I share this night with and I share this award with.

Gabby, I love you so much. You are exquisite. You are beyond words to me. Carey, your grace and your elegance and your beauty and your talent makes me sick. Helen, I feel like we are family through family and I don't have the words to express just what I think of you. And Meryl, you know what I think of you and you are such a good kisser.

I have so many people to thank for my good fortune in this lifetime and this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I know. To the family that allowed me to play them, the Tuohy family, I know they're in here and you'll probably hear her in a minute. Maybe not. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to... the family that made this film that gave me the opportunity to do something different. John Lee Hancock, Gil Netter, Alcon, Warner Bros., the actors, everyone who's shown me kindness when it wasn't fashionable, I thank you. To everyone who was mean to me when it wasn't... George Clooney threw me in a pool years ago. I'm still holding a grudge. But there's so many people to thank.

Not enough time, so I would like to thank what this film is about for me which are the moms that take care of the babies and the children no matter where they come from. Those moms and parents never get thanked. I, in particular, failed to thank one. So... if I can take this moment to thank Helga B. for not letting me ride in cars with boys until I was 18 because she was right. I would've done what she said I was gonna do. For making me practice every day when I got home. Piano, ballet, whatever it is I wanted to be. She said to be an artist, you had to practice every day, and for reminding her daughters that there's no race, no religion, no class system, no color, nothing, no sexual orientation that makes us better than anyone else. We are all deserving of love. So, to that trailblazer, who allowed me to have that. And this. And this. I thank you so much for this opportunity that I share with these extraordinary women and my lover Meryl Streep. Thank you.


Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart"), Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Oh! Thank you, Academy members! Mom and dad, yeah, look! Whoo!

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for turning me on to such a groovy profession. Oh, my dad and my mom, they loved show biz so much. I remember my mom, getting all of us kids to entertain at her parties. You know, my dad sitting me on his bed and teaching me all of the basics of acting for a role in Sea Hunt.

They loved show biz so much and I feel an extension of them. You know, this, this is honoring them as much as it is me. I wanna, I wanna thank Scott Cooper, our wonderful director, for his knowledge of film and country music and for his ability to instill self-confidence in his actors. I thank you for that. Scott, where are you? Raise your hand, man. Yeah! Scotty! Thank you for that, Scott man! And thank you for assembling such a wonderful cast. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin, wherever he is backstage. And Bobby Duvall, so wonderful you guys brought your heart and soul. I want to thank Barry Markowitz, our wonderful DP, he did such a brilliant job. Judy Cairo, our producer, and Fox Searchlight, our wonderful, our wonderful distributor. Thank you guys for keeping us all together and for making it all happen. T Bone Burnett and Stephen Bruton for bringing all of that great music and those wonderful musicians to the party, man.

My wonderful team that's kept me together. Jean Sievers, David Schiff, Rick Kurtzman, CAA, Bob Wallerstein, Loyd Catlett, Tarra Day and Roger Love, man.

Thank you, guys. And I especially want to thank my gorgeous wife, Sue, we've been married 33 years. We have a beautiful family. Three girls, Isabelle, Jessie and Hayley. Thank you, guys. I wouldn't be up here without you. Thank you so much.


Mo'Nique ("Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"), Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

First, I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics. I want to thank Miss Hattie McDaniel for enduring all that she had to so that I would not have to. Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey because you touched it, the whole world saw it. Ricky Anderson, our attorney of Anderson & Smith, thank you for your hard work. My entire BET family, my Precious family, thank you so much. To my amazing husband Sidney, thank you for showing me that sometimes you have to forego doing what's popular in order to do what's right. And baby, you were so right. God bless us all.


Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds"), Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Oscar and Penélope that's an über bingo. I always wanted to discover some new continent and I thought I had to go this way, and then I was introduced to Quentin Tarantino, who was putting together an expedition that was equipped by Harvey Weinstein and Lawrence Bender and David Linde, and he put this script in front of me and he said, "This is where we're going, but we're going the other way."

So Brad Pitt helped me on board and Diane Kruger was there Melanie Laurent and Denis Menochet and Bob Richardson and Sally Menke and Adam Schweitzer and Lisa Kasteler. Everybody helped me find a place. Universal and The Weinstein Company and ICM and Quentin, with his unorthodox methods of navigation, this fearless explorer, took this ship across and brought it in with flying colors and that's why I'm here.

And this is your welcoming embrace and there's no way I can ever thank you enough, but I can start right now. Thank you.


Juan José Campanella ("The Secret in Their Eyes"), Best Foreign Language Film

It is on behalf of a crew and cast that comprise mostly of people that I love and that are very close to my heart that I want to thank the Academy for not considering Na'vi a foreign language, first of all. And for letting us spend three great days in the company of incredible filmmakers.

On a personal note, I would like to thank my producers Gerardo Herrero, Mariela Besuievsky, Vanessa Ragone, Axel Kuschevatzky and Telefe. Tom Bernard... Sorry. In English, it's more difficult, it's a little slower. No! No, oh no, countdown. Tom Bernard and Michael Barker from Sony Classics. And Cecilia, you found a guy stuck in development hell and made something watchable out of him. Thank you so much. I love you. I owe you.

Pete Docter ("Up"), Best Animated Film

Boy, never did I dream that making a flip book out of my third grade math book would lead to this. Boy. It's incredible being here, it's just me right now, but please picture this whole stage full of the most amazing cast and crew you've ever experienced. Jonas Rivera, producer. Bob Peterson, co-director. You guys should all be up here with me. Thanks so much to Disney and to Pixar Animation Studios for believing in this oddball film.

It was an incredible, incredible adventure making this movie, but the heart of it came from home. And to our families, in my case, to my wonderful parents, they were so supportive. My kids, Nicholas and Ellie, and my amazing wife Amanda, you guys are the greatest adventure. Thank you.


Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens, ("The Cove"), Best Documentary Feature

Fisher Stevens: I just want to say that it was an honor to work on this film and to try to make an entertaining film that also tries to enlighten everybody. I have to thank Jim Clark, who financed the film and was also kind of the guiding wisdom behind the film. Paula DuPré Pesmen, my producing partner. And my hero, Ric O'Barry, who was not only a hero to this species, but to all species. And the man who came up with the idea, Louie Psihoyos.

Louie Psihoyos: Thank you.


Bob Murawski and Chris Innis ("The Hurt Locker"), Achievement in Film Editing

Bob Murawski: Wow. This is definitely the night to be here, a tribute to horror films and now Roger Corman. It's unbelievable. And my wife.

Chris Innis: Thanks to my co-editor, Bob Murawski, my amazing husband, and to Sam Raimi, who gave us both our first cutting jobs. To Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, all our amazing crew. Our assistants, Sean Valla, Rupert Lloyd.

Bob Murawski: My mom who's here in the audience and Chris's sister.

Chris Innis: Everybody. We love you guys.

Bob Murawski: And thank you to the Academy for giving this award to a movie that was made without compromise. We didn't have any preview screenings or focus groups or studio notes. Everybody made the movie we wanted to make and it turned out great, so I'm glad everybody liked it.

Chris Innis and Bob Murawski: Thank you.


Mauro Fiore ("Avatar"), Achievement in Cinematography

First of all, I want to thank the Academy for this unbelievable honor. It's a pleasure to be here. I want to thank the visionary Jim Cameron for an amazing vision of the film. My parents, Lorenzo and Romilda, who came to this country with four suitcases and a dream. I want to thank everybody in Chicago, Omaha. I want to thank my crew, everybody in New Zealand. Un gran saluto a Italia. Viva Italia. Gran abbraccio. I think I forgot a bunch of other people. Jon Landau, Colin Wilson, my crew, everybody. Thank you very much. Incredible honor. Thank you.


Mark Boal ("The Hurt Locker"), Original Screenplay

Oh my god. Wow, thank you Academy. You honor me and humble me with this. More than, more than you know. I was a reporter back from Iraq with the idea for a story about these men on the frontlines of an unpopular war.

I thought it might make a movie. The result wildly exceeded my expectations. And that is thanks to so many people. To Summit Entertainment. To our amazing cast and crew, and most of all to one extraordinary individual and visionary filmmaker. Kathryn Bigelow, this belongs to you.

I would also like to thank and dedicate this to the troops, the 115,000 who are still in Iraq, the 120,000 in Afghanistan and the more than 30,000 wounded and 4,000 who have not made it home. And to my father, who didn't live to see this, but inspired me and got me up here. He passed away a month ago. He would've really liked this a lot. Thanks, dad. Thank you.


Geoffrey Fletcher ("Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"), Adapted Screenplay

I don't know what to say. This is for everybody who works on a dream every day. Precious boys and girls everywhere. All the cast and crew, anyone who's kept believing in me. My two brothers, supported me in every way. My role models, my heroes, Buddy and Todd. My mother, Bettye, angel of my world. My father, Alphonse, who spent so much time with us and taught us everything. I'm sorry I'm drawing a blank right now, but I thank everyone.


Michael Giacchino ("Up"), Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)

Thank you, guys. When I was... I was nine and I asked my dad, "Can I have your movie camera? That old, wind-up 8 millimeter camera that was in your drawer?" And he goes, "Sure, take it." And I took it and I started making movies with it and I started being as creative as I could, and never once in my life did my parents ever say, "What you're doing is a waste of time." Never. And I grew up, I had teachers, I had colleagues, I had people that I worked with all through my life who always told me what you're doing is not a waste of time. So that was normal to me that it was OK to do that. I know there are kids out there that don't have that support system so if you're out there and you're listening, listen to me: If you want to be creative, get out there and do it. It's not a waste of time. Do it. OK? Thank you. Thank you.


Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett ("The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart"), Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

Ryan Bingham: Thank you so much. I'd like to thank my wife Anna, I love you more than rainbows, baby. My uncle Clay, my band, Jack Whigham, Scott Cooper, the cast of Crazy Heart, Jeff and Maggie and Colin and Mr. Bob. Everyone at Fox Searchlight and Mr. T Bone Burnett and Stephen Bruton. Thank you all so much.


Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones ("Avatar"), Achievement in Visual Effects

Joe Letteri: Thank you, on behalf of all of us here. Avatar is a film about learning to see the world in new ways, and for that extraordinary inspiration I have to thank our director, James Cameron. Jim, it was an honor to work with you on this. It was amazing. Also, Jon Landau. Jon, you were such a champion of the film. Thank you very much for that. Everyone at Lightstorm who was so helpful. Eileen Moran and everyone at Weta Digital for your talent and creativity. John Kilkenny, all of our friends at Fox, Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, all of our great cast, thank you for trusting us with your performances. I know that couldn't have been easy. To everyone watching, thank you for the great appreciation you've shown for our film. And just remember the world we live in is just as amazing as the one we created for you. Thank you.

Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson, ("The New Tenants"), Best Live Action Short Film

Joachim Black: Whoa. I just don't know if I should dance or if I should... Well, this is just pretty much amazing and I just want to say thanks to everybody who's been on this project and to our beautiful cast and my producer Tivi. And it's pretty much... a ride, I must say, I can't say anything else, but I just want to thank Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman and Russell Icke. I hope you guys are watching. Edelman, Pawel Edelman, beautiful. But anyway, thank you very much for everything.


Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett ("Music by Prudence"), Best Documentary Short Subject

Roger Ross Williams: Oh my god. This is amazing. Two years ago when I got on an airplane and went to Zimbabwe, I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I'd end up here. This is so exciting. This is so exciting. So exciting.

Elinor Burkett: ...Let the woman talk. Isn't that the classic thing? In a world in which most of us are told and tell ourselves that we can't. Liyana, the band behind this film, teaches us that we're wrong. Against all odds they did, so we can. So the bottom line is, to me, my role models and my heroes, Marvelous and Energy, Tapiwa, Goodwell, the whole rest of the band and especially Prudence.

Roger Ross Williams: And Prudence who is here. Who is back there. Prudence is here tonight. This is for Prudence.


Nicolas Schmerkin ("Logorama"), Best Animated Short Film

Good evening. It doesn't look like, but it's a French film. Sorry about the accent. I'm the producer of the film, so I have to thank the 3,000 non-official sponsors that appear in the film. And I have to assure them that no logos were harmed in the making of the project.

This award has to be shared with the incredible people who made the film. All the team and especially, the three directors that are with us in the theater tonight: François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain. You can applaud them, the directors.

Thanks for them. They have been working for a very long time on this film. It took, like, six years to make this 16 minutes, so I hope to come back here with a long feature film, in about 36 years. Thank you very much. Bon soir.


Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg and Kim Sinclair ("Avatar"), Achievement in Art Direction

Rick Carter: Jim Cameron, this... this Oscar sees you. Clearly, your vision is so deep...

Robert Stromberg: You know, 13 years ago, the doctors told me I wasn't going to survive and I thought that this dream of standing here would never come true. And, here we are. I owe this to my amazing wife, Lizz, my two kids Reese and Remy, for supporting me. Brooke Breton and Rick Carter and the hundreds of people that it took to make this film. Thank you. Special thanks to Jon Landau.

Jim, every day we went to work. We knew we were working with a genius. We really were. We all felt that. Thank you so much.


Sandy Powell ("The Young Victoria"), Achievement in Costume Design

Wow. Well, I already have two of these. So I'm feeling greedy. I'd like to dedicate this one to the costume designers that don't do movies about dead monarchs or glittery musicals. The designers that do the contemporary films and the low-budget ones actually don't get as recognized as they should do, and they work as hard. So this is for you, but I'm gonna take it home tonight. Thank you.


Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow ("Star Trek"), Achievement in Makeup

Mindy Hall: I don't want to step on your tail. It's hard to follow that face. We thank you, the Academy. We thank J.J. Abrams, your vision inspired us, your energy kept us going and your insistence on perfection brought us here. We thank Bad Robot, Paramount Pictures, we felt your support every day.

We had an amazing staff of artists, over 40. We share this with you and we'll be giving your names backstage at that backstage Thank You Cam. Thank you very much.

Barney Burman: Happy anniversary, baby!


Paul N.J. Ottosson ("The Hurt Locker"), Achievement in Sound Editing

This is such a great honor to be here. Twenty-three years ago, I... sold everything I had to come and be part of what you guys do over here. It's such a great honor. So many people have faith in me and gave me a shot, maybe when, I don't know that I earned it yet. And thank you to all those people. My wife and my son for always loving me no matter what. And Kathryn, what an incredible movie. Thank you for everything and your friendship. All of you, the Academy, thank you so much.


Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett ("The Hurt Locker"), Achievement in Sound Mixing

Paul N.J. Ottoson: [To Ray Beckett] You have to say something. Again, thank you so much. It's a little bit embarrassing. And to quote Kathryn, "spoils of riches."

Ray Beckett: Thank you to the Academy. This is the crowning achievement of my career. Thank you to Kathryn, the whole production team. Thank you to my team in Jordan, Simon Bysshe and... thank you all. Thank you.

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