"I dont think much of some of the pictures that have won so I dont think it would mean much to me. Ive seen too many pictures I thought were not good pictures nominated and win. It hasnt anything to do with the fact that I didnt ever get one myself. The awards banquet used to be so ridiculous — I just didnt agree with it — and I listened to too many speeches of acceptance that would have made good comedy."
— Howard Hawks
, Who the Hell's in It
(interviews with Peter Bogdanovich), winner of Lifetime Achievement Award, 1974.
"Nothing would disgust me more, morally, than receiving an Oscar."
— Luis Buñuel
, whose 1972 film The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeosie
won the Oscar.
"The whole concept of awards is silly. I cannot abide by the judgment of other people, because if you accept it when they say you deserve an award, then you have to accept it when they say you don't."
— Woody Allen
, winner of 4 Oscars (3 for Original Screenplay, one for Best Director)note
"It was a private affair, you see — no television, of course, no radio even — just a group of friends giving each other a party. Because, you know, there is something a little embarrassing about all these wealthy people publicly congratulating each other. When it began, we kidded ourselves: All right, Freddie March, wed say, we know youre making a million dollars — now come on up and get your little medal for it!'"
— Cary Grant
, Who the Hell's in It
(interviews with Peter Bogdanovich), winner of Lifetime Achievement Award, 1969.
"The alleged origin of the awards now official nickname in itself indicates a certain inebriated lightness. Supposedly, the rear end of the statuette (for some reason its a naked gent with a sword) reminded Bette Davis of the one on a boyfriend named Oscar, and she didnt mind loudly mentioning the resemblance. It was hard, therefore, to be entirely serious about a prize named after somebodys ass." "I started making my first major film
] in 1973, so from then until 2007, its a long time not being recognised by the Academy in that way. The problem is that it's not about the prize. It's about being able to get films made. That is what I keep my eye on. When the actual statuette was awarded to me, and by the way, I didnt think The Departed would get anything, it came at a good time in my life, for personal reasons, for family reasons. It certainly helped me get financing for a couple of pictures, and I hope my next one, Silence."
"There's a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke!"
— Jordan Horowitz
, upon finding that he'd wrongly been awarded Best Picture for La La Land
Francis Ford Coppola
: "The three of us are here today because we know what a great honor it is to win an academy award for directing." Steven Spielberg
: "Yeah, it was the greatest honor I've ever received." George Lucas
: "Hey guys, I've never won an Academy Award
: "So why are you here?." Lucas
: "I dunno, I got nominated a couple of times." Coppola
: "So anyway, the two of us (indicating himself and Spielberg) know what a great honor it'll be for one of the five nominees." Lucas
: "I just wanna say that it's much better to give than to receive." Spielberg and Coppola
: "No it's not."
— 2007 Oscars
, where Coppola, Lucas, Spielberg prepared a short skit before reading the nominees and ultimately awarding Martin Scorsesenote