Natalie Portman: (accepting her award for Actress in a Leading Role) Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you so much to the Academy. This is insane and I truly, sincerely wish that the prize tonight was to get to work with my fellow nominees. I'm so in awe of you. I am so grateful to get to do the job that I do. I love it so much. I want to thank my parents, who are right there, first and foremost for giving me my life and for giving me the opportunity to work from such an early age, and showing me every day how to be a good human being by example.
Francis Ford Coppola: (accepting the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award) Well, George [Lucas] is the closest thing I have to a younger brother, so you can imagine the affection and the pride I have in him. But there were so many... I'm about three or four or five years older than the wonderful generation that did so much, so I'm very proud of them. And the fact that this is the Thalberg Award is, the significance is not lost on me. Because this is an award for producing. This is not about my own writing and my own filmmaking, but this is about the talent that I came to really value. And it's more about "American Graffiti" and "The Black Stallion" and "Koyaanisqatsi," and I could go on, about "Napoleon" performed in the Radio City Music Hall with a live orchestra. That happened because I'd always heard from my father that in the days when he was a boy, when he went to the movies to see "Don Juan" or "The Thief of Bagdad," that there was a symphony orchestra. And I said, gee, I'd love to see that. And the way to see it was to take the "Napoleon" restoration and get a full-out symphony orchestra and perform it. And it was a wonderful hit. It was riveting. And I'm so proud of the fact that that tradition of once again combining live music with the great silent films, or with any film, has become really something that we can see.
Christian Bale: ( while accepting his award for Actor in a Supporting Role) Bloody hell. Wow. What a roomful of talented and inspirational people and what the hell am I doing here in the midst of you? It's such an honor. David O. Russell, what a great spirit, you know, on the set. Just, just fantastic. And thank you so much, mate, for making the work that all of us actors did actually mean something, you know? I mean, that's the director's job of translating it to the audience and making it mean something. Thank you for that. Thank you to Pamela Martin, likewise, as our editor. The just incredible work of every actor. Melissa – I'm not gonna drop the f-bomb like she did; I've done that plenty before – Amy, Jack, Mark, man, you know the guy who just got this whole thing going right from the get go.
Colin Firth: (accepting his award for Actor in a Leading Role) I have a feeling my career has just peaked. My deepest thanks to the Academy. I'm afraid I have to warn you that I'm experiencing stirrings, somewhere in the upper abdominals, which are threatening to form themselves into dance moves which, joyous as they may be for me, it would be extremely problematic if they make it to my legs before I get offstage. So I'm going to do my best to be brief with my gratitude.