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Most Quotable Oscar Quotes From the Past 20 Years

At the Academy Awards, sometimes the best (and funniest) lines didn't appear in the films.

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Best Cinematography by a Surprise Guest

At the 2007 Academy Awards, host Ellen DeGeneres recruits a famous face to help her take a new MySpace profile picture. Quotable Quote: “Make sure we’re both in, Steven.”

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Best Explanation Why Winners Are Pushed Off So Quickly

One of the most uncomfortable parts of the Oscars is hearing the music that plays off an actor whose speech ran too long. At the 2004 Academy Awards, however, Jack Black and Will Ferrell poked fun at this awkward moment. Quotable Quote: “You’re boring!”

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Best Public Face-Off Between Writers and Actors

At the 2010 Academy Awards, Tina Fey and Robert Downey Jr. used humor and wit to illustrate the true relationship between writers and actors. Quotable Quote: “What does a writer look for in an actor? Memorizing. Not paraphrasing. Fear of ad-libbing.”

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Best Slapdown by an Actress in a Leading Role

Julia Roberts’ portrayal of Erin Brockovich won her the Best Actress Oscar in 2001, but her speech won over the audience. Quotable Quote: “Stick-man, I see you!”

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Best Worst Idea

While presenting the award for Best Makeup at the 2010 Oscars, Ben Stiller surprised the crowd by appearing in full Avatar makeup—the blue made for comedy gold. Quotable Quote: “This seemed like a better idea in rehearsal.”

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Best Meryl Moment

When Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt took the stage to present an award at the 2007 Oscars, eyes were on their co-star and “boss” from The Devil Wears Prada. Quotable Quote: “Look how she’s smiling, as if it doesn’t bother her.”

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Best Reason for Ending Up Sleeping on the Couch

The 2013 Oscars were bittersweet for Ben Affleck. After being overlooked for a Best Director nomination, Affleck had his aha moment while accepting the award for Best Picture. Quotable Quote: “[Marriage] is work… it does kind of work… but there’s no one I’d rather work with!”

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Best Use of the Words “I Love You”

In Cuba Gooding Jr.’s Best Supporting Actor speech from 1996, his enthusiasm and joy overwhelmed the rest of the broadcast. Quotable Quote: “I just wanna—oh, here we go, okay!”

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Best Romantic Scene in a Best Actor’s Speech

The last thing Halle Berry expected? That kiss from Best Actor winner Adrien Brody at the 2003 Academy Awards. Quotable Quote: “Whoa. I bet they didn’t tell you that was in the gift bag.”

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