Dame Helen Mirren, winner of best actress for "The Queen"
Mirren on her drink of choice
"I always go back home and still sing in that church choir in Chicago. That's my reality and that's what keeps me grounded."
Jennifer Hudson, winner of best supporting actress for "Dreamgirls"
"William Hung was a rock star; I just have a slide show, but thank you. Merci beaucoup."
Former Vice President Al Gore (after being hailed as a "rock star"), winner of best documentary for "An Inconvenient Truth"
"[Pixar is] sort of the one place in the world where you can get an Oscar nomination and you're coming to work and people are like hey, great, you got one, all right. Nobody is all that impressed because they've won so many Oscars up there already."
Michael Arndt (who is writing Pixar's "Toy Story 3"), winner of best original screenplay for "Little Miss Sunshine"
"Well, I think the Oscars are like, it's like a gay holiday. So, so it's ... No, really. So, it was really, really meaningful that it doesn't -- that Ellen or myself or that there's no token gay here. It's kind of we're a part of this whole mix. It's a real mix of lots of different diversities here tonight. And I'm grateful to be part of that, and I know maybe someone at home is going to say, 'Did she say wife?'"
Melissa Etheridge (who thanked her wife in her acceptance speech), winner of best original song for "An Inconvenient Truth"
"Except when I'm standing next to George Clooney, I've never felt the intensity of those cameras, with those flashing cameras. So, I feel pretty good."
George Miller, winner of best animated feature for "Happy Feet"
"When [Martin Scorsese]'s on a set directing a cast of anything, whether it be "Aviator" or this or ["Gangs of New York"], he's just amazing. He's a collaborator with access and invites me into his world, and he listens to [actors] if they have an idea and everything is done on a very easy going way, easy going basis and it's just so natural to him. And, for me, watching him make this movie and like I said on the stage before, watching him direct Jack Nicholson for the first time and watching his camera angles and how he jumps from character to dialogue -- it's just phenomenal. It's the greatest."
Graham King, accepting the best picture award for "The Departed"
"Look. I don't keep score. It's not about furlongs. I feel in a sense like a hypocrite because I don't believe in competitions between art activities. I think it's insane. This is a fun kind of insanity, but who is to say who is better?"
Alan Arkin, winner of best supporting actor, "Little Miss Sunshine"
"Well, I'm from [Boston] and you know we have never really been well represented, you know, and I remember when I was a kid watching television, you know, you'd see people supposed to be from Boston and they would be out there talking like with the Kennedys, and the Pepperidge Farm man. We are another country. You know, we are another little civilization and very northern, very dark, sometimes very self denying and you know, that's kind of what I wanted to get into after having spent so much time trying to get out of it."
William Monahan, winner of best adapted screenplay, "The Departed"
"I sometimes marvel: What could the Stasi have done with the kind of [surveillance] equipment that's around today. But if we were really in something like 1984 East Berlin, and you had asked this question here and now, I would be trying to call you tomorrow, and somehow no one would know where you were. And see, the thing is as long as we have freedom of speech, as long as you guys can do the job the way you are doing it, I don't think we have that much to worry about. That's the most important thing. There will always be injustice as long as there are people. There will always be abuse of power as long as there is power. As long as we have the rightto speak up against it and fight against it, I am okay with that."
Florian Henchel von Donnersmarck, winner of best foreign-language film of the year, "The Lives of Others"
"For us, people who are behind the scenes, they are a very flattering "thank you" kind of acknowledgement of our work. But sometimes it doesn't make any difference from a professional point of view. For some of the other people in the industry it can make a big difference, and therefore, they really care a lot to get an Oscar. But there are many people who are very, very talented who never had an Oscar. Stanley Kubrick never had an Oscar. And so, you know, what does it all mean in a way?"
Milena Canonero, winner of achievement in costume design, "Marie Antoinette"
"The film was a student film I made for my masters thesis and really my goal was to take it to Sundance, and we did that. That was really a dream come true. I never in my wildest dreams thought to even say my goal is the Oscars. That's absurd. So, the fact that it happened was a surprise. That fact that I was nominated is unbelievable. The fact that I'm sitting in the room and watching Ellen Degeneres and even hearing my name called is phenomenal. The rest is all gravy."
Ari Sandel, winner of best live-action short, "West Bank Story"