The Best Quotes of the 2017 Oscars

The most memorable words from film's biggest night

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"Now, Matt, I've known Matt for a long time. I've known Matt so long, when I first met Matt, I was the fat one, okay?"

—host Jimmy Kimmel, poking fun at rival Matt Damon during his opening monologue

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"There's one place that all the people with the greatest potential are gathered. One place. And that's the graveyard. People ask me all the time, 'What kind of stories do you want to tell, Viola?' And I say exhume those bodies. Exhume those bodies. The stories of the people who dream big and never saw those dreams to fruition. People who fell in love and lost. I became an artist, and thank God I did, because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life."

—Viola Davis, accepting the award for Best Supporting Actress for Fences

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"My grandma would want me to button up."

— Mahershala Ali, adjusting his tux before accepting the award for Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight

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"I'm sorry I am not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of the other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S. Dividing the world into the 'us' and 'our enemy' categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for regression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy we need today more than ever."

— a friend of Asghar Farhadi reading a letter from the director as she accepts Best Foreign Language Film on his behalf

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"I'm at the Oscars with Michael J. Fox and a DeLorean, while wearing future shoes. All I have to do is sing the Schuyler Sisters song from Hamilton in front of the world and I will have completed my entire bucket list."

— Seth Rogen, presenting the award for Achievement in Film Editing alongside Michael J. Fox

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"Flesh and blood actors are migrant workers. We travel all over the world. We construct families, we build life but we cannot be divided. As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being I'm against any form of wall that wants to separate us."

— Gael García Bernal presenting an award alongside Hailee Steinfeld

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"I want to thank my mom who is amazing and my date tonight. She let me quit the JCC soccer league to be in a school musical, so this is dedicated to all the kids who sing in the rain and all the moms who let them!"

— Benj Pasek, accepting the award for Best Song for La La Land's "City of Stars"

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"I tell my students that I teach sometimes be in love with the process, not the result, but I really wanted this result because a bajillion people are watching. And all of you people out there who feel like there's no mirror for you, that your life is not reflected, the Academy has your back, the ACLU has your back, we have your back and over the next four years we will not leave you alone. We will not forget you."

— Barry Jenkins, accepting the award for Best Adapted Screenplay alongside Tarell McCraney

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"To our whole crew, everyone who put their heart and souls into this film, I'm going to find you all individually and I'm going to thank you along with my friends who I love so much. And I'm going to hug the hell out of you when the feeling reenters my body. I still have a lot of growing and learning and work to do, and this guy is a really beautiful symbol to continue on that journey and I'm so grateful for that. "

— Emma Stone, accepting the award for Best Actress for La La Land

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"I want to tell you what happened. I opened the envelope and it said Emma Stone La La Land. That's why I took such a long look at Faye and at you. I wasn't trying to be funny. This is Moonlight the Best Picture."

— Warren Beatty, explaining why the wrong Best Picture winner was announced

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"Very clearly, very clearly even in my dreams this could not be true, but to hell with dreams, I’m done with it because this is true."

— Barry Jenkins accepting Best Picture for Moonlight

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