The 86th annual Academy Awards were all about heroes and for the most part the show stayed true to the theme. From Jared Leto’s poetic way of thanking his single mom all the way down to the producers of 12 Years a Slave, many of the acceptance speeches included inspiring quips for all of the dreamers and the doers in this world. There were plenty of funny moments to be had as well. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, of Frozen, brought the Disney charm as they rhymed, “Happy Oscar to you, let’s do Frozen 2” giving the most kid-friendly acceptance speech of the night. Cate Blanchett called out to Julia Roberts as she accepted the Oscar for Best Actress, saying “Hashtag ‘Suck it’, you know what I mean?” Julia was highly amused. Here’s some of the best quotes from the 2014 Oscars:
Ellen DeGeneres on Hollywood’s dysfunctional family:
“I’m not saying movies are the most important thing in the world because we all know the most important thing in the world is youth. But really, we know that the most important thing in life is love and friendship and family. And if people don’t have those things, they usually get into show business. We are all one big frightened family.”
Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech for Best Actor where he shared his life philosophy:
"We all need something to look up to, something to look forward to, and someone to chase"
Lupita Nyong’o’s humble acceptance for Best Supporting Actress:
“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me, and every little child, that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.”
Jared Leto acknowledged the world’s stage in his acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor:
“To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here and as you struggle to… to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible… We’re thinking of you tonight.”
Maybe, according to Ellen, the nominees at the Oscars went to a combined total of “6 year of college,” but the actors sure do have crafty ways with words (or really great speech writers).