Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, 'Wonderful. Just have a back-up profession like welding.'— Robin Williams
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The (Academy Award) ceremonies are a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons.
Naturally, I was thrilled but being the first year, the Academy Awards had no background or tradition, and it naturally didn’t mean what it does now. Had I known then what it would come to mean in the next few years, I’m sure I’d have been overwhelmed. At the time, I think I was more thrilled over meeting Douglas Fairbanks.
You're only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all my life?
White people are very good at acting like they're not racist.
They deserve an Academy Award for that.
I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn't fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it's your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message along.
It's a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.
What does the Academy Award mean? I don’t think it means much of anything.
Welcome to the Academy Awards, or, as it's known at my house, Passover.
There's a lot of great movies that have won the Academy Award, and a lot of great movies that haven't. You just do the best you can.
'Groundhog Day' was one of the greatest scripts ever written.
It didn't even get nominated for an Academy Award.
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.
The Academy Awards are obscene, dirty . . . no better than a beauty contest.
The Academy Awards was an amazing night.
I know I kind of lost my mind a little bit. I apologize for that. That night went so fast; I can't remember what I said or what happened.
It's much harder to act in a bad film than in a good one.
A terrible script makes for very difficult acting. You can win an Academy Award for some of the easiest acting in your career, made possible by a brilliant script.
A couple of guys won Academy Awards for the things that I turned down.
Today, after coming to terms with everything, after being in therapy for a long time-there are areas where I will compromise.
The academy awards in England; it's a classy affair as well.
I'm used to seeing it, but it's weird having an Academy Award.
You usually only see one of them on the TV show when they give them out, so it's kind of surreal to have one in your house.
I want everybody who is watching to come to the Academy Awards with us.
I'm going to pay for the bus.
Hollywood's racist. Hollywood is sorority racist. It's like - we like you, Rhonda, but you're not a Kappa.
Hollywood -- that's where they give Academy Awards to Charlton Heston for acting.
I was put under contract. A major studio. I got nominated for an Academy Award. Isn't that ridiculous? I mean, at the age of 18!
If you are looking for smart judging based on merit, skip the Academy Awards next year and pay attention to the Independent Spirit Awards.
It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else's.
Certain Academy Awards like Sound and Visual Effects and Editing are sometimes referred to as technical awards. They're not technical awards. They're given for artistic decisions. And sometimes we make them better than others, and I guess we made a couple of good ones on this one.
This moment is so much bigger than me.
It's for every nameless, faceless woman of colour that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened.
Roxy Sorkin, your father just won the Academy Award.
I'm going to have to insist on some respect from your guinea pig.
Payday at my house is like the Academy Awards. My wife says: May I have the envelope please.
people see so many movies that when they finally see one not so bad as the others, they think it's great. an Academy Award means that you don't stink quite as much as your cousin.
I'm awkward at these things. Just being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Karate Kid was a real surprise and I was a little uncomfortable.
I think I learned a lot on Beaches. A guy I worked with Dante Spinotti is a wonderful cinematographer and it was his first picture and he went on to be nominated for an Academy Award for "LA Confidential" which was great.
My dad [...] sent me a text saying, 'You know who you should play? Columbo. That's your Academy Award.'
Not everything's made to win an Academy Award.
As a kid I watched the Academy Awards on television and always wanted one - or several - like one of my favorite directions, John Ford. He won six. On the other hand, Orson Welles, who's on the top of my list, didn't win any. Alfred Hitchcock didn't win any. Howard Hawks didn't win any.
Oscar and I have something in common.
Oscar first came to Hollywood scene in 1928. So did I. We're both a little weather-beaten, but we're still here and plan to be around for a whole lot longer.