Key quotes from 87th Oscars

AFP , Monday 23 Feb 2015

Neil Patrick Harris
Host Neil Patrick Harris speaks at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo: AP)

Here is a selection of quotes from the 87th Oscars on Sunday, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris for the first time.

"Tonight we honor Hollywood's best and whitest ... sorry, brightest."
-- Harris, joking that all of those nominated for acting Oscars were white.

"If you are lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call them. Don't text, don't email. Call them on the phone."
-- Best supporting actor Oscar winner J.K. Simmons in his acceptance speech.

"Life is full of surprises."
- Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski accepting the best foreign language film Oscar for his "Ida."

"Sure. Now you like him."
- Harris, introducing British actor David Oyelowo, who many believed should have earned a nomination for his portrayal of Martin Luther King in "Selma."

"I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there that feels like she's weird or she doesn't fit in anywhere -- yes, you do. I promise you do. You do. Stay weird. Stay different and when it's your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along."
-- Graham Moore, winner of the best adapted screenplay Oscar for "The Imitation Game," explaining how he tried to commit suicide at age 16 because he "felt weird."

"The subject of 'Citizenfour,' Edward Snowden, couldn't be here tonight, for some treason."
-- Harris, joking about the charges facing Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked classified documents and is facing espionage charges in the United States. He lives in exile in Russia.

"Who gave this son-of-a-bitch his green card?"
- Sean Penn, joking as he presented Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu with the best picture Oscar.

"'American Sniper' focuses on a soldier with 160 kills, or as Harvey Weinstein calls it, a slow morning."
- Host Harris, joking about legendary Hollywood producer Weinstein's reputation for making or breaking projects in Tinseltown.

"It is our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America."
- Patricia Arquette, accepting her best supporting actress Oscar for playing a mother in coming-of-age drama "Boyhood."

"I'm fully aware that I am a lucky, lucky man. This Oscar belongs to all those people around the world battling ALS.... I will be its custodian and I promise you that I will polish him, and wait on him hand and foot."
- British actor Eddie Redmayne, accepting his best actor Oscar for playing astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disease.

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