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Oscars '98

Oscar Voices

March 24, 1998

"Welcome to the Titanic. We're just like that great ship. We are huge, we are expensive and everybody wants us to go a lot faster."

Billy Crystal

Host of the Academy Awards

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"Wait a minute. We only get 30 seconds. I just want to thank everybody I've ever met in my entire life. . . . If anyone has a dream out there, please know that I'm living proof that they do come true."

Kim Basinger

Winner, best supporting actress

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"My friend--director of 'Titanic,' James Cameron--and I made three movies together: 'Terminator,' 'Terminator 2' and 'True Lies.' That was, of course, during his early, low-budget, art-house period."

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Introducing a "Titanic" clip

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"This may be the one time I'm speechless. . . . Thank you, Ben and Matt. I still want to see some ID. . . . Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who, when I said, 'I want to be an actor,' he said, 'Wonderful, just have a backup profession, like welding.' "

Robin Williams

On winning his first Oscar,

for best supporting actor

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"The first time I saw 'Mrs. Brown'--I saw it three times--the first time I saw it I leaned over to my beloved and said, 'She [Judi Dench] is going to win an Academy Award.' And in my mind, tonight, she has."

Helen Hunt

Who still got to take home

the best actress Oscar

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"When filming starts, you show up and stay the hell out of the way. But you've got to show up, otherwise you can't take the credit and get one of these fellas."

Stanley Donen

Lifetime achievement award

winner on the secret to being

a good director

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"A dark, powerful portrait of postwar Los Angeles. . . . I think the girl in the movie's kind of cute, too."

Alec Baldwin

Describing "L.A. Confidential,"

which starred his wife,

Kim Basinger

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"I hope we can begin to embrace every race. Diversity is the ingenue. She's the true American star. And she's ready for her close-up."

Chris Tashima

Co-producer of "Visas

and Virtues," winner of

the live-action short

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