ANIL KAPOOR: Well, it was overwhelming enough to be nominated. But to win this is unbelievable. It’s unbelievable. [applause] [cheers] Our gratitude to the great, the genius, Danny Boyle. [applause] [cheers] Our Hollywood producer Christian. [applause] And the man with the Midas touch, Peter Rice. [applause]
The entire crew, and definitely, how can I forget the children. [applause] This award, they deserve it. They deserve this award. They set our performances. It’s the children who have done it, not us. So this is on behalf of the children. Thank you very much. [applause] [cheers] Yeah.
FREIDA PINTO: I know this would make the kids really happy, so I’m going to take all the names. The little ones, the ones that played Little Jamal, Salim and Latika, Ayush, Azharuddin and Rubiana. [applause] Tanay, Ashutosh and Tanvi, the Middle Jamal, Salim and Latika. [applause] And Madhur, who couldn’t be here – Jamal’s brother Salim – thank you so much. Everyone deserves this.
And one more person, Loveleen Tandan, our casting director. We wouldn’t be here without you! Thank you so much!
Thank you and good evening, comrades. [laughs] [laughter] That was for O’Reilly. You know, something happened to me during the making of this movie. I noticed it tonight where I noticed that the two statues have rather healthy packages. [laughter] But, you know, as actors we don’t play gay, straight; we don’t play any of these kinds of people. We play human beings. And this movie is something that we’re, all of us involved, are so proud of. And I, and we, are all so appreciative of this acknowledgment, because this is a story about equal rights for all human beings. [applause]
But I have to – I’m going to speak a bit quickly and tangentially, because I’m just too embarrassed to write a speech ahead of time. One doesn’t want to anticipate anything, especially in this crew. I wept at every one of these guys’ performances. It’s – you’re stunning and... [applause] and I’m going to just pick one thing out of the air, because I do also have to say I don’t agree with everything that happened tonight. [laughs]
And so I’ll just do a random shout-out to one of the unacknowledged, because there’s so many, that happened during this season, like Benicio and Steve and “Che,” which was so great. [applause] [cheers] And all of these nominees, but as, you know, one has to admit, that we know that the – you know, at least for television, whatever happens – whether it includes Mickey or I, or not, at this next thing – we know that the TV people have got their dog fight. But they’re idiots because what they don’t know, and that me and my fellow nominees know, is that we’re all so proud and challenged by each other.
Outstanding Performance by a
Male Actor in a Leading Role
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Thank you, everybody. Shh! Well, I didn’t even buy a dress! [laughter] I’m really, really, really shocked! And even though awards mean nothing to me anymore…[laughter]…I’m really happy... [applause continue] [laughs] Okay.
I want to thank, oh, so many people. Miramax, Daniel Battsek, and especially Scott Rudin, who just goes out of his way to find interesting things for everybody to do, especially the girls. And, oh, can I just say, there is no such thing as the best
actress. You know? There is no such thing as the “greatest living actress.” I am in a position where I have secret information, you know, that I know this to be true. [laughter] I am so in awe of the work of the women this year, nominated, not nominated. [applause] So proud of us girls. [applause] [cheers] And everybody wins when we get parts like this.
Thank you to John Patrick Shanley for writing this amazing piece. [applause] Thank you to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who is... [applause]…who is just the most fun to work with, and the most – he sets such a great example to all of us, of how to live your work with integrity and imagination, every time, every time out. Thank you to the glorious Amy Adams, so funny, [applause] so real. The gigantically gifted Viola Davis. My God! Somebody give her a movie! [applause]
Wow. I’m sure I’ve forgotten everybody. Joseph Foster, all the kids, Helen Stenborg, Alice Drummond, all the cast. Thank you to the Sisters of Charity. Thank you, Sister Peggy. Big hug to everybody there; your love and your work is so inspiring – was so inspiring to all of us. Okay, I’ve got to get off, but thank you so much, I really do appreciate this. Thank you, actors. [applause] Love you. Love you. [applause]
GARY OLDMAN: I’m quite emotional now. It is a great honor to be asked to accept this on behalf of Heath. He was an extraordinary young man, who – with an extraordinary talent. And it is wonderful that you have acknowledged that and honored that talent tonight. On behalf of Heath, his family, and his family on “The Dark Knight,” I thank you. Heath! [applause]
Wow. What a year it has been in movies. I just want to say it’s really an honor to be included in what I think is such a remarkable year. And to be acknowledged by my peers in this way, I really feel like everybody should be given a medal. I have to say that because I really believe it to be true.
I’m a bit lost for words, I’m sorry. Playing Hanna Schmitz was such a blessing, and even though it made me completely insane. And I just want to thank the cast and the crew, both in front of the camera and behind it. I just think that hard work deserves to be acknowledged, and these people really gave 100% of themselves to this film. And Harvey Weinstein for his commitment, and Stephen Daldry for his direction and support. And, of course, the late Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack.
From the bottom of my heart... [applause]…just thank you. Thank you very much. [applause]