'My Mom, My Dad, They Had Sex — It's Amazing!' Plus More of the 2021 Oscars' Most Talked About Quotes
Hilarious, emotional and inspirational — the night's best quotes you can't miss
"So the only speech I ever wrote was when I was 10, and I had to look to see if there would be anything useful from it. Unfortunately, I mostly thanked Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell. He was my very supportive husband. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been as much a part of my life as I hoped, and so that speech is not that useful."
— Emerald Fennell, during her Best Original Screenplay acceptance speech for her film Promising Young Woman
"As a mother of a Black son, I know the fear that so many people live with and no amount of fame or fortune changes that. But tonight, we are here to celebrate. This was indeed a hard year for everyone but our love of movies helped us get through it and made us feel less isolated and connected when we were apart."
— Regina King, opening the 93rd Annual Academy Awards
"Thank you very much. Thanks to the Academy for voting on this film, this is beyond anything I could ever imagine, except this is something that I've always imagined. Since I was 5 or something I've been preparing speeches in train stations, at school, in the toilet. And here I am, it’s real, it’s amazing."
— Thomas Vinterberg, during his Best International Feature Film acceptance speech for Another Round
"They showed me how to love myself, and with that love, they overflowed to the Black communities and to other communities. They showed us that the power of union, the power of unity, that when they play divide and conquer, we play unite and ascend."
— Daniel Kaluuya, thanking the Black Panthers during his Best Actor in a Supporting Role acceptance speech for his film Judas and the Black Messiah
"We gotta celebrate, we gotta celebrate life. We're breathing, we're walking. It's incredible. Like, my mom, my dad, they had sex — it's amazing! I'm here. I'm so happy to be alive and I'm gonna celebrate that tonight."
— also Daniel Kaluuya, thanking his parents during his Best Actor in a Supporting Role acceptance speech as his mom and sister watched hilariously embarrassed from London
"[Standing up here] with so much excitement for the future because I can picture Black trans women standing up here, and our Asian sisters, and our Latina sisters and indigenous women. I know one day it won't be unusual or groundbreaking, it will just be normal."
— Mia Neal, during her Best Makeup and Hairstyling acceptance speech for the film Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Neal and colleague Jamika Wilson were the first Black women ever to win in the category.
"This is for anyone who has the faith and the courage to hold on to the goodness in themselves, and to hold on to the goodness in each other, no matter how difficult it is to do that. And this is for you. You inspire me to keep going."
— Chloé Zhao, during her Best Director acceptance speech for her film Nomadland
"I don't believe in competition. How can I win over Glenn Close? I've been watching her many performances. So this is just — all the nominees, five nominees, we are the winners for the different movies. We play the different roles, so we cannot compete [with] each other. I think I have just a little bit of luck, I think. Maybe I'm luckier than you, and also maybe it's American hospitality for the Korean actor? I’m not sure."
— Young Yuh-Jung, during her Best Actress in a Supporting Role speech for her work in Minari
"My mother taught me to refuse hate. She taught me to refuse blanket judgment. In this time and with all of the Internet and social media and algorithms and everything that wants us to think a certain way, the 24 hour news cycle, it is my hope that all of us, we teach our kids and now to remember, just refuse hate. Don't hate anybody. I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or because they are Black or white or LGBTQ. I refuse to hate someone because they are a police officer. I refuse to hate someone because they are Asian. I would hope that we would refuse hate. I want to take this Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and dedicate it to anyone who wants to stand in the middle, no matter what's around the wall standing in the middle because that's where healing happens. That's where conversation happens. That's where change happens. It happens in the middle. So anyone who wants to meet me in the middle to refuse hate, to refuse blanket judgment, and to help lift someone's feet off the ground, this one is for you to god bless you and thank you."
— Tyler Perry, during his Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award speech