Oscar Acceptance Speech

Michael Caine and Angelina Jolie

Thank you. I was looking watching all the others and thinking back when I saw the performances. I'm thinking of how the Academy changed "The winner is" to "The Oscar goes to," and if ever there was a category where the Oscar goes to someone without there being a winner, it's this one, because I do not feel like being the winner.

You have Michael [Clarke Duncan]..who I'd never heard of, quite frankly..who is astonishing.

You have Jude [Law] who is going to be a big star no matter what happens.

You have Tom [Cruise], who, if you had won this, your price would have gone down so fast. Have you any idea what supporting actors get paid?

And we only get one motor home. A small one.

And Haley Osment, what an astonishing -- there he is. Haley, when I saw you, I thought 'Well that's me out of it'.

So, really, I'm basically up here guys, to represent you as what I hope you will all be, a survivor.

I've got to hurry up. I wasn't here last time, so give me a bit with my speech, the last time I won.... Do give me a bit extra time, okay?

I want to thank Harvey and Bob Wienstein at Miramax. Lasse Hallstrom, an extraordinary director, and Richard Gladstein. The wonderful actors I worked with: Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Jane Alexander, Kathy Baker, all people who inhabit, rather than act. And the wonderful children that I acted with there.

And last of all, I want to thank my two daughters, Dominique and Tasha, and my wife.

Thank you.

Image credit: Michael Caine with Angelina Jolie, winner of Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Girl, Interrupted, © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2000

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