Oscars 2009: Highlights from the big speeches
Best Actress winner Kate Winslet: “I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t made a version of this speech before.
I was probably eight years old and staring into the bathroom mirror and this was a shampoo bottle. Well it’s not a shampoo bottle now.”
Best Actor for Milk, Sean Penn: “You commie, homo-loving sons of guns. I did not expect this. I do know how hard I make it to appreciate me.
“For those of you who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban on gay marriage to reflect on their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren’s eyes. We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone.”
Best Director for Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle: “My kids are too old to remember this now but, when they were much younger, I swore to them if this miracle ever happened, I would receive it in the spirit of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, and that’s what that was.”
Best Supporting Actress Penelope Cruz (who delivered her speech in both English and her native Spanish): “It’s not going to be 45 seconds, I can say that right now. Has anybody ever fainted here because I might be the first one.”
Best Adapted Screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire, Simon Beaufoy: “There are certain places you never imagine standing - the moon, the South Pole, the Miss World podium and here.”
Kim Ledger on behalf of his son Heath Ledger’s Best Supporting Actor nod: “This award tonight would have humbly validated Heath’s quiet determination to be truly accepted by you all here, his peers within an industry he so loved.”
Host Hugh Jackman: “The Academy loves to salute range… Robert Downey Jnr in Tropic Thunder. Robert, who’s an American, played an Australian playing an African-American. Nominated. Whereas me, I’m an Australian who played an Australian in a movie called Australia. Hosting.”