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Oscars 2006: Winners reactions

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote

Story by Jack Foley

BEST actor Philip Seymour Hoffman paid tribute to his mother after landing the Oscar for his role in Capote.

The popular character actor said he was really overwhelmed to have won, having been nominated “in a category with some great, great, great actors”.

He paid tribute to friends, colleagues and the film’s writer, producer and director, but left his biggest praise for his mother, saying: “My mom’s name is Marilyn O’Connor, and she’s here tonight. And I’d like if you see her tonight to congratulate her. Because she brought up four kids alone, and she deserves a congratulations for that.

“Oh, I’m at the party, mom, you know? And she took me to my first play, and she stayed up with me and watched the NCAA final four. And my passions, her passions became my passions. And, you know, be proud, mom, because I’m proud of you, and we’re here tonight, and it’s so good. Thank you!”

Capote review

Best director, Ang Lee, may have missed out on seeing his film land the coveted best film award but was still delighted with his own personal trophy.

He paid tribute to Brokeback’s lead characters, Ennis and Jack, saying: “They taught all of us so much, not just about the gay men and women in our society but, just as importantly, about the greatness of love itself.”

Brokeback Mountain review

Best supporting actress, Reese Witherspoon, 29, fought back the tears after winning best actress for her role as June Carter Cash in biopic, Walk the Line, saying: “People used to ask June how she was doing, and she would say, ‘I’m just trying to matter’. I know what she means.”

She paid tribute to her mother and father by thanking them for continually encouraging her success – whether it was making the bed or going into acting.

And she also paid tribute to her co-star, Joaquin Phoenix (who missed out on best actor), adding: “I feel so lucky to have gone on this journey with you.”

Walk The Line review

Brit winner, Rachel Weisz, who won best supporting actress for her acclaimed performance in The Constant Gardener, described the award as “a tremendous honour” and paid tribute to her “luminous” co-star, Ralph Fiennes, who wasn’t even nominated.

She also paid special tribute to John Le Carre, author of The Constant Gardener, for having the courage to write such an “unflinching, angry story… which really paid tribute to the people who are willing to risk their own lives to fight injustice”.

The Constant Gardener

While fellow British winners, Nick Park and Steve Box, who picked up the Academy Award for best animated feature for Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, said: “Someone once said if you make a bad film you make it alone, if you if you make a great film everyone made it with you.”

Park collected his fourth Oscar on the night – although it was his first for a feature film.

He added: “We made a great film, guys.” But also quipped with Box: “Cracking cheese Gromit!”

Wallace & Gromit review

Triple Oscar nominee George Clooney, who picked up a deserved award for best supporting actor for oil drama Syriana, commented: “We are a little bit out-of-touch in Hollywood. But I think that’s probably a good thing.

“We are the ones who talked about Aids when it was only being whispered….We talked about civil rights… I’m proud to be part of this Academy, proud to be part of this community.”

Clooney had been nominated for three Academy Awards including best director and best original screenplay for Good Night, and Good Luck.

The jovial star also quipped that his prize probably meant he had missed out on the best director prize, while predicting that it meant he would forever now be referred to as “Oscar winner”..., as well as ‘sexiest man alive 1997’.

Syriana review

The winners in full
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